PACC turns over high-profile fugitive to Chinese authorities

Marje Pelayo   •   January 16, 2019   •   425

Philippine authorities present before the media the 49-year-old Chinese fugitive

MANILA, Philippines – The Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC) on Wednesday (January 16), turned over to Chinese authorities a high-profile fugitive from China who was involved in billion-dollar economic crimes and corruption in his country.

The suspect, identified as Xie Haojie, 49, was a former official of the Chinese government facing a standing warrant of arrest in China.

He was nabbed by members of the Bureau of Immigration (BI) and PACC on January 13 at Shell Residences in Pasay City.

“We are just waiting for the tickets to be procured by Chinese police and he will be turned over in the airport. I think in a few days’ time siguro,” said BI Commissioner Jaime Morante.

According to China’s National Supervisory Commission (NSC) Director for International Cooperation La Yifan, the suspect served as general manager to a state-owned enterprise.

“Certainly, through initial investigation there are hard evidence indicating that Mr. Xie, the fugitive has breached the public trust and abused public power for his private gain,” confirmed Director La Yifan.

He was accused of usurpation of authority by accepting bribe.

Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Xiao Jinhua thanked the Philippine authority for the speedy capture of the Chinese fugitive.

“On behalf of the embassy I would like to express our sincerest thanks to the Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission, to the Bureau of Immigration and (National) Bureau of Investigation for their high efficiency in capturing the fugitive,” the Ambassador said. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Mai Bermudez)

PACC clears Agriculture Secretary Piñol from corruption allegations

Marje Pelayo   •   June 13, 2019

Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol

MANILA, Philippines – The Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC) announced on Wednesday (June 12) that it has cleared Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol from allegations of corruption in relation to the rice importation program of the National Food Authority (NFA).

In its Resolution 14 dated June 10, the Anti-Corruption Commission said it has “found no evidence pointing to unexplained wealth” after seven months of “thorough lifestyle check” on the Agriculture Secretary.

During the investigation that started in December 2018, Piñol agreed to open all his bank accounts and financial documents to scrutiny.

On his social media account, Piñol said he was relieved and overjoyed by the PACC’s findings.

“Today, I feel relieved. In fact, I am overjoyed and overwhelmed by the heartwarming statement issued by the PACC citing my action as proof that President Duterte has people around him who believe in his advocacy for upright and transparent governance,” he said Wednesday.

“I cannot claim to be a perfect government worker. I could and may have made wrong decisions. People could even accuse me of incompetence but nobody could question my dedication to my job and my work ethics,” he added in his statement.

The investigation was conducted by the Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC), the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), the Land Transportation Office (LTO), the Land Registration Authority (LRA), the Philippine National Police (PNP), Civil Security Group (CSG), and Firearms and Explosives Office (FEO).

The PACC, meanwhile, on its statement said that other officials of the Duterte administration are also undergoing probe by the agency after Secretary Piñol volunteered to undergo a full lifestyle check.


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