Former Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre reportedly protected the “pastillas” scheme in the Bureau of Immigration and has been receiving his share of the grease money even after leaving office, columnist Ramon Tulfo said Monday. The bureau is under the watch of the Department of Justice.
Citing the account made by whistleblower Allison “Alex” Chiong, Tulfo told senators that Aguirre was the “protector” of the illegal scheme that allowed Chinese nationals to pay for easy entry to the Philippines.
In a column last month, Tulfo claimed that Aguirre received kickbacks from the scheme via a chartered helicopter, which is used to send cash from Manila — where the supposed syndicate operates — to his province in Mulanay, Quezon, which is six hours away by land.
Aguirre denied backing the illegal scheme, saying that he has filed libel charges against Tulfo and would be suing him again.