Justice Secretary sacks Bureau of Immigration's Calima and his assistant

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Justice Secretary Vit Aguirre

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre has sacked Acting Immigration Intelligence Chief Charles Calima Jr. and his assistant, Police Colonel Edward Chan, in what appears to be a cleansing of the graft-ridden office.

"As such, you are no longer required to report for work effective immediately," Aguirre said in a letter to Calima on Tuesday.

No reason was cited, but Calima has been linked to bribery charges in the Bureau of Immigration (BI). Chan was assigned to the bureau on Calima's request.

In a separate letter to President Rodrigo Duterte also on Tuesday, the justice secretary recommended the immediate dismissal of BI Deputy Commissioners Al Argosino and Michael Robles who have admitted receiving millions of pesos from businessman Jack Lam in exchange for the release of 600 Chinese nationals working illegally in his resort-casino in Pampaga.

President Duterte has not yet approved Aguirre's recommendation.

Argosino and Robles, who went on leave from the BI following the scandal, denied on Tuesday charges they extorted P50 million from Lam, a Macau-based gambling tycoon allegedly engaged in unauthorized online gambling activities in the Philippines. They turned over P30 million that they received from Lam as evidence in their investigation of corruption in the BI.

They also accused Calima of corruption, claiming he took millions in bribes from Lam.