.- The Filipino Ministry of Justice has launched an investigation into a bribery attempt on a local archbishop, who received a check sent by promoters of an illegal lottery to try to get him to cease from denouncing the practice. The $183,000 check was turned over to authorities by Archbishop Oscar Cruz of Lingayen-Dagupan, with a death threat if he continued denouncing the âjuenteng,â an illegal lottery worth millions. The note said the archbishop should concentrate on âother matters (â¦), otherwise it may cost you your life.â
The archbishop also gave authorities a list of 16 suspicious local government officials who may be involved in the illegal lottery in 24 of the countries provinces and whose names surfaced during a congressional investigation in 1997.
Minister of Justice Raul Gonzalez has asked a government commission that looks into money laundering to see if the source of the check can be uncovered.