FBI agent denies paying for sex in Philippines
LOS ANGELES (AP) - An undercover FBI agent denied accusations that he spent United States taxpayer dollars on prostitutes in the Philippines for himself and others during an international weapons trafficking probe last year, according to court documents filed on Monday.
The agent, whose name wasn't made public, said he didn't pay for sex while posing as an arms broker for Mexican drug cartels at two nightclubs.
"At no time did I pay to have sex with any employee" of the two clubs, according to the declaration filed by federal prosecutors. "I was never told by any manager that the bill included prostitution, nor did I ever see prostitution, in any term, listed on any bill."
The allegations were made last month by a defence attorney for Sergio Santiago Syjuco, who along with two other Philippine nationals have been indicted for conspiracy in the weapons case and could face up to 20 years in prison if convicted.