President Rodrigo R. Duterte has personally summoned Bureau of Immigration (BI) personnel allegedly involved in the “pastillas” bribery scam, and gave them a dressing down in Malacañang, Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said on Monday.
Guevarra said more than 40 immigration personnel implicated in the so- called pastillas scheme faced the President on Monday night and were subsequently suspended by the Office of the Ombudsman.
“The President apparently intended to give them a dressing down. During the short meeting, he distributed pastillas to the BI personnel. Money had been rolled inside each pastillas, according to the President,” Guevarra said.
He wanted them to eat the pastillas, “but did not insist out of deference to the Secretary of Justice who was also present.”
“He (Duterte) said either you eat it or give it to the first beggar you see,” Guevarra said. “In the end, he stated that the cases had been filed and that they simply had to face them. No one among the BI (Bureau of Immigration) personnel dared to utter a word.”
The term pastillas was coined after the rolls of grease money received by BI personnel to facilitate illegal entry of foreigners into the Philippines. PNA