Aguirre reveals Atong Ang’s ‘ambush me’ plan

MANILA-- Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II said he unearthed a plan of Filipino-Chinese businessman Charlie "Atong" Ang to 'ambush me' this weekend to make it appear that he will be ambushed and put the blame on the Justice Secretary and National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon.

I receive a reliable information na this weekend ay merong magiistage ng ambush, ambush me... para yang pag ambush na yan ay kami nanaman pagbintangan ni Secretary Esperon na siyang nagpaambush sa kanya, Aguirre told reporters adding that he immediately called the media after he received the information.

Aguirre said the 'ambush me' would be similar to what happened in early 2000 where then President Joseph Estrada was blamed for the attempt.

Ito'y gagawin nila sapagkat ito'y pinapattern nila dun sa nangyari noong panahon ni Erap na merong isang nagpaambush o naambush o aambushin sana pero yun yung naging dahilan kung ba't pagbagsak ng administration yan ang gusto nilang gayahin pursuant to destabilization, he explained.

The DOJ Secretary also said the stage ambush would be used by a Senator to justify his call for a senate inquiry.

Aguirre earlier directed the NBI to conduct an investigation and case build-up over the accusations of Ang that he and and National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr. were plotting to kill him through the NBI so as to eliminate the gambling operations of his Meridien Vista Gaming Corp.

He said Ang should bring his witnesses and evidence to the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) and assured him that the NBI would attend to his complaint.

Aguirre has already denied the allegation, branding it as "demolition job against me, in conspiracy with the destabilizers of the Duterte administration."

Aguirre dared Ang to file a case against them or seek an investigation.

The DOJ chief believes that Ang was retaliating after he led the raid on Fontana Leisure Park that busted the billion-peso online illegal gambling operation that was being conducted thereat by his business partner and best friend Jack Lam.

Ang has accused Aguirre of wanting to eliminate him so that his brother, Ogie Aguirre, will have an unhampered control of STL operations from Batangas to the Bicol region.

He also claimed that the PCSO wants Meridien stopped because of conflicts with the STL operations.

Aguirre also asked the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) to look into Ang's company, the Meridien Vista Gaming Corporation, for possible tax violations.

In a letter dated May 2, Aguirre asked BIR Commissioner Cesar Dulay to look into the matter, saying his office has the authority to do so in cases where the Tax Code might have been possibly violated.

Pursuant to the provisions of the National Internal Revenue Code of 1997, as amended, the Department is hereby seeking the assistance of the BIR, as the administrator of the supervisory and police power conferred by the NIRC and other laws as well as within the powers conferred to the Commissioner of Internal Revenue to initiate investigations for possible violations of the country's tax laws of Mr. Charlie Ang and Meridien Vista Gaming Corporation, Aguirre said in his letter to Dulay.

I trust that greater cooperation and confidence between the Department of Justice and the BIR will be forthcoming in our government's efforts to curb corruption and criminality in the country, particularly in cases of tax evasion, Aguirre added.

Aguirre said Ang was simply afraid because he could lose his source of income that brought him earnings of up to Php 50-million a day.

Ang is the owner of Meridien Vista Gaming Corporation (MVGC), which operates a jai-alai fronton in Sta. Ana, Cagayan and whose franchise was granted by the Cagayan Economic Zone Authority (CEZA) during the Arroyo administration.

Source: Philippines News Agency