Another House panel to probe Pagcor payoffs


MANILA, Philippines—The House committee on good government is poised to conduct a parallel investigation into alleged anomalies involving former officials of the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. (Pagcor) amid fresh revelations that a former consultant to the state-run gambling agency had received $30 million from billionaire Japanese casino operator Kazuo Okada.

The committee headed by Rep. Jerry Treñas would act on a two-year-old resolution filed by Representatives Teodoro Casiño and Neri Colmenares, who had sought a probe into the “various multimillion anomalies attending” Pagcor during the previous administration.

In their resolution, Casiño and Colmenares alleged that Pagcor, then under Chair Efraim Genuino, “practically made (the agency) a milking cow.” The committee had so far held only one hearing on the resolution, Casiño said on Saturday.

“This new allegation should put more pressure on the committee to investigate,” he told the Inquirer, referring to the alleged $30-million bribe received by Rodolfo Soriano, a former Pagcor consultant and purported Genuino bagman.

Soriano allegedly received the amount in a series of payments in 2010 when Okada’s Universal Entertainment Corp. was seeking tax and other government concessions for a $2-billion casino project in Entertainment City on Manila Bay.

“Can you imagine how big $30 million is?” Casiño said, noting the initial information that Soriano had received a combined $15-million payoff in separate transactions in 2010.

Not satisfied with a separate hearing conducted by the committee on games and amusement Wednesday, Casiño wrote Treñas the following day, reminding him of the resolution he filed in 2010.

“The committee will act on the letter. I am in favor of conducting a hearing,” Treñas said in a text message to the Inquirer.

Casiño said that both the committees on good government and games and amusement could hold parallel hearings on Pagcor. He said the former could focus on alleged corruption during Genuino’s time, while the latter could tackle the functions of Pagcor as a regulator.

Rep. Amado Bagatsing, games and amusements committee chair, earlier downplayed the allegations against Genuino, saying that there was no evidence linking the former Pagcor boss to the alleged payoffs.

He said only Soriano would be invited to the next committee hearing.

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  • Jon

    Imbestigahin si Genuino at alamin kung may pagkakasala.
    Ngunit wag lang tumigil sa kanya kundi pati sa kasalukuyang namamahala.
    Kasuhan at parusahin ang lahat na nakikinabang sa PCSO, ngayon man o datihan.

  • kaloykoykoy

    Another case of CRIME DOESN’T REALLY PAY. Actually hindi naman gito sa Pinas nag simula ang vital information sa billiones na lagayang ito, kundi sa US court hearing ng 2 gambling bigtime operator na si Okada at Wynn..

    Sa laki ng lagayan na ito impossibling walang mas malaking share ang kawatang mag-asawang Arroyo dito.

    Sama sama kayong lahat na mabulok sa kulungan kayong mgs mga kampon ni satanas na mga magnanakaw..

  • jeffrey_01

    the cycle of vicious corruption in the poor country like the Philippines.  The energy is wasted on investigating corrupt government officials.  The government can never concentrate on improving the country’s standard of living. 

    Still a country of thieves, slaves and plagiarists.

  • Boyet Lazaro

    crooks investigating other crooks just to get media mileage.   more fun in the philippines.

    • jeffrey_01

      Philippines needs an independent investigator like the FBI.  It might be expensive but it will be quick and painful for the thieves.

  • Albert Einstien

    DI ba kayo NAGTATAKA….ALL projects of GMA knancel ng pnoy admin..pati mga daan,tulay at FLOOD projects ay at kung ano ano pa..PERO ang ITINIRA lang ni pnoy ang CASINO PROJECT ni GMA…at kahit PA-ULIT -ULIT na SUMSIKAT si NAGUIAT ay HNDI ito NAKAKASUHAN at TINATANGGAL….pero IBANG mga hepe TANGGAL agad sa MEDIA na lang nila nalalaman SIBAK na sila……ano ba ang TOTOONG PAPEL ni NAGUIAT ke pnoy? CANCEL ALL CASINO CONTRACTS..!!!WHO among the MONEYED KKKS is eyeing for for the $billion lucrative
    & strategic landholdings & the LICENSE of OKADA ……that is the QUESTION?………….NAGUIAT & current PAGCOR officers are ALSO involved in the alleged INTERNATIONAL BRIBERY…in FACT by their ADMISSION that money & perks received from okada group an INDUSTRY PRACTICE ” is already INDIRECT BRIBERY..doj…just secure an autenticated copy of the freeh report to the gaming compliance committee..the alleged report contain the following;”nSeptember 23, 2010: In an e-mail to Ms. Lai, with a copy to Mr. Okada, Mr. Shoji requests that a credit of US 5,000 be extended to each person now staying at the Villa for shopping and gaming, up to a total of US 50,000. According to Mr. Shoji’s email, the funds are to be advanced by Wynn Macau and charged to the Universal City Ledger account.

    nSeptember 24, 2010 (13:45): MOP 80,00086 (approximately US 10,000) is advanced from the Wynn Macau main cage to a Wynn Macau VIP Services employee (no longer employed at Wynn Macau), who in turn hands the money to Masato Araki, special assistant to president of Aruze USA, based upon instructions in the above referenced e-mail to Ms. Lai. The handover of funds is witnessed by Wynn Encore manager Alex Kong. The funds are charged to the Universal City Ledger Account. MOP 15,000 of this sum is used to pay for a Chanel bag that Chairman Naguiat requested be purchased for his wife.

    nSeptember 24, 2010 (Approximately 14:00): Mrs. Naguiat, her three children, Mrs. Bangsil and her daughter arrive at Wynn Macau.

    . MOP 80,000 was worth approximately US 9,816 at that time. Chairman Naguiat’s party] are very important to Universal, and that Mr. Okada wants Mr. Couglan to insure that they are well cared for during their stay.
    nSeptember 24, 2010 (17:00): Mr. Okada meets Chairman Naguiat (and approximately thirteen (13)) others in his party) for dinner at Okada Restaurant.91 Mr. Okada hosts the dinner and the bill for $1,673.07 is charged to his room.

    nSeptember 25, 2010 (05:45): Wynn Macau employees meet Mr. Okada outside his room and escort him to a limousine, which transports him to the Macau Ferry Terminal for 07:00 scheduled ferry departure to Hong Kong International Airport.

    nSeptember 25, 2010: Beatrice Yeung describes in her log book “Movements – Incognito (Mr. Naguiat, Cristino L) / Mr. Bangsil, Rogelio / Mr. Opinion, Jeffrey (Mr. Okada’s guests, Villa 81).”

    nSeptember 25, 2010: Mr. Araki requests a second advance of MOP 80,000 for guests in Villa 81. Ms. Yeung accompanies Mr. Araki to the Main Cage and obtains the advance for him. [This makes a total of MOP 160,000 advanced for the use of Chairman Naguiat and his party and charged to the Universal City Ledger Account per Mr. Okada’s orders, as relayed in Mr. Shoji’s e-mail.]

    nSeptember 26, 2010 (11:10): Mr. Araki departs the Wynn Macau Encore main entrance. He hands Ms. Yeung MOP 4100, returning what he says is the remainder of the two cash advances for Chairman Naguiat’s party
    nSeptember 26, 2010 (13:15): Chairman Naguiat’s party departs via Wynn Macau limousine to pick up Mrs. Naguiat from shopping and proceeds to the airport..
    [See Appendix]; Wynn Macau “Miscellaneous Disbursement” record #013066, dated September 25, 2010. 95 E-mail from B. Yeung to I. Coughlan, September 27, 2010 [See Appendix]; Wynn Macau Manager – Encore Logbook, September 26, 2010 [See Appendix]; handwritten and signed note dated “9/26/10” with notation “MOP 4.100”. [See Appendix]. The returned funds were equal to approximately US 503.07 returned out of a total of approximately US 19,632 provided.

    On or about December 10, 2010: After e-mails and phone messages following Mr. Shoji’s September 20, 2010 e-mail, Mr. Coughlan has a phone conversation with Mr. Shoji, in which he advises Mr. Shoji that, after internal Wynn Macau discussions, the final decision was that Wynn Macau would not provide the requested free upgrade for the Villa occupied during the September 2010 visit.
    The foregoing recitation of facts surrounding the September 2010 visit of Chairman Naguiat and his party to Wynn Macau demonstrates several significant elements of that visit:
    nMr. Okada considered these guests to be very important to his company.

    An effort was made from the outset to conceal Chairman Naguiat’s identity and official status, to the point of not even wanting to advise Wynn Macau management and staff.

    nWith Mr. Okada’s knowledge, Chairman Naguiat and his family were provided with approximately US 20,000 cash to use for gaming and also shopping

    nMr. Okada’s representative sought to have Wynn Resorts fund a portion of the expenses incurred by Chairman Naguiat and his party, i.e., the free upgrade to a Villa. There is evidence that Mr. Okada personally directed the payments and gifts provided to Chairman Naguiat and his family during their luxury stay at Wynn Macau’s most expensive accommodation in September 2010. On October 5, 2010, Mr. Araki sent an email to Wynn Macau in order to arrange for a “second group of PAGCOR” checking into Wynn Macau on October 8, 2010..what is DOJ/NBI doing kumuha na ng AUTHENTICATEd copy ng report……..BOUNG MUNDO na ang NAKASAKSI nyan DAHIL nk-POST yan sa internet..(EX-99.2 3 d304177dex992.htm REPORT BY FREEH, SPORKIN & SULLIVAN, LLP TO THE GAMING COMPLIANCE COMMITTEE ) …..hindi na pwedeng PAGTAKPAN yan….ALAM ng BOUNG mundo yan… NO SACRED cows madam doj…you should follow the direction of comelec brilliantes at mmda chairman tolentino… ” NO SACRED COWS “..alamin sino sino ang mga PACOR OFFICERs at mga PAMLYA nila na INVOLVED dito sa alleged bibery…….( byahe ng sept 23 & oct 8 2010 )……HUWAD na DAAN..pag lagi na lang me PROTEKSYON ang mga KKK….dapat ang BATAS pantay para sa lahat…papano na pag di ka KKK? DOJ NBI kilos na…wag na magBULAG-BULAGAN at magnoynoying…IMBISTIGAHAN nyo na rin INTEL, DISCRETIONARY FUNDS…..& other nontaxable receipts…kun saan dinala at kanino napunta….at TINGNAN nyo rin kung me katotohanan.. yung VIDEO REPORT ni taberna….ginagamit na daw for PERSONAL & PRIVATE USE 2 years ang mga sasakyan at empleado ng pagcor…bakit yung NBI chief, bilbid chief, pdea chiefs at pag-asa chief…NEWS pa lang ang ALEGASYON TANGGAL na …ito si NAGIAT paulit-ulit ang KASIKATAN…e matibay pasa madulas na PADER……PAPANO titino ang taong gobyerno at MANINIWALA ang taong bayan kung protektado ang mga kkk ng bawat admnistration?

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