Panelo also ensured that President Rodrigo Duterte’s administration was not turning a blind eye on the so-called “pastillas” scheme even if the Chief Executive still had his trust on Immigration secretary Jaime Morente. MANILA – Malacañang said it will not be turning a blind eye over the reported “pastillas” modus by some Bureau of Immigration (BI) personnel to facilitate the entry of Chinese workers in the Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators (POGO). Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said that the Palace would look into the alleged scheme that gives Chinese nationals easy access into the country for a fee, once a formal complaint is lodged before the Office of the President. “The Immigration commissioner is tasked to do his job. Meaning, apart from the usual governing of his own territory, he has to know if there is an anomaly in his territory and respond to it. It does not have to take the President to do the job for him,” Panelo said./PN “Any violation, any transgression, any anomaly, the Palace frowns on it and will act on it if there are complaints formally filed before its office,” Panelo said. “The record of this administration speaks for itself. It never turns a blind eye on anything that concerns governance,” he said. “Right now, there is only an allegation. If there is an allegation, then, that must be proven.” “But Until he (Duterte) says otherwise, the assumption is he has confidence on him (Morente),” he added. The unlawful act was dubbed as “pastillas” scheme, according to Hontiveros, because the grease money would be hidden in rolled bond paper like the wrapper for the milk candy. “Any complaint should be filed. Because unless you file a formal complaint, we will never know that there’s an anomaly. And even if these are being subject of talks in media, in columns, unless there is a complaint filed, we will never know. You have to submit proof so that we can do something about it,” he added. Senator Risa Hontiveros revealed during a Senate inquiry on Monday that Chinese nationals pay P10,000 as “service fee” to earn special treatment from BI officials when they enter the Philippines. “There is no sacred cow in this government. Duterte has repeatedly said, ‘If it’s against the interest of the people and general welfare, I’ll stop it.’ This is the kind of President we have,” he said. Presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo says there is no need yet to place Visayas and Mindanao under enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) caused by the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) unlike Luzon. Still, people there are always required to observe physical and social distancing to curb the spread of COVID-19.