Billionaire Kazuo Okada placed on immigration watchlist
Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II has placed Japanese billionaire Kazuo Okada on the Philippine immigration watchlist over criminal complaints filed against him by his former company.
The move was requested by Okada Manila operator Tiger Resort, Leisure and Entertainment Inc. (TRLEI) which accused Okada of stealing the casino’s money.
“Allegedly, the accused misappropriated a huge amount of money from TRLEI while he was the Chairman of its Board of Directors,” said Aguirre in his memorandum to the Bureau of Immigration (BI).
“Moreover, he allegedly made perjurious statements in a complaint he filed against TRLEI with the Regional Trial Court of Paranaque City,” he added.
TRLEI sought the ILBO after filing criminal complaints against Okada who was accused of having committed four counts of estafa and three counts of perjury.
“Considering the gravity of the possible offenses he might have committed there is a strong possibility that he may attempt to place himself beyond the reach of the legal processes of the government by leaving the country,” Aguirre explained.
“We thus deem the issuance of an ILBO against the subject person prudent in order to at least monitor the itineraries of his flight, travel, and/or whereabouts,” he stated.
In his memorandum, the Secretary instructed “all immigration officers to be on the lookout/alert for the above-named individuals should any of them shall pass through the immigration counters in any of our international ports and/or seaports.”
He also told the BI to promptly relay to the his office, the DOJ and the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) “any pertinent information, especially those tending to indicate that the subject is attempting to leave the country, and in order to obtain as to the status of his case and other relevant information that may be the basis for the proper course of action to be undertaken by the immigration officers.”