Cops raid BPO 'porn hub' in Davao

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 05 2011 06:16 PM | Updated as of Aug 06 2011 02:16 AM

MANILA, Philippines – Officers of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) Task Force Maverick have raided a business process outsourcing (BPO) firm in Davao City Thursday after receiving a tip that the BPO is involved in pornography.

Armed with a search warrant, Task Force Maverick raided Cyber City Teleservices in Sobrecary St., Barangay 15-b, Davao City and confiscated more than 600 computer units.

Authorities also recovered hundreds of sex toy brochures from the site.

“May asset kami na magpapatunay talaga na ito ‘yung ginawa nila dito na violation sa ating batas, ‘yung porno site nila. Marami ‘yung dadalhin natin dito na computer, i-imbestigahan pa natin kung ano ‘yung kasong isasampa natin," said Senior Superintendent Pedro Cabatingan Jr., regional chief of CIDG-11.

The lawyer of Cyber City Teleservices maintained that the BPO’s operation is legal.

"This is a legitimate business in Davao City. We have nothing to hide. We go on legal process," said Atty. Enrique Diola.

Employees of the call center showed their protest against the raid by holding a prayer rally Thursday night in front of their building.

Cyber City Teleservices, the first call center in Davao City, has 18 branches across the city. -- Report from Paul Palacio, ABS-CBN Southern Mindanao