Philippines to pursue Universal bribery probe in Tokyo: Sources
MANILA (Reuters) - The Philippine government plans to send agents to Tokyo to pursue a bribery investigation into US$40 million (S$51.1 million) in payments made by Japan's Universal Entertainment Corp in 2010 related to its Manila casino project, sources with knowledge of the matter said on Tuesday.
Agents from the Department of Justice and the National Bureau of Investigation want to interview three former employees of the Japanese gaming machine maker and are coordinating with the Japanese authorities, the sources added.
"We were told to prepare a team that will go to Tokyo to interview face-to-face people who have direct information about these payments and find out if the monies were indeed bribes in exchange for some government action," one of the sources told Reuters.
The sources declined to be identified due to the confidentiality of the matter and there was no immediate comment from the Philippine authorities.