MANILA - Sen. Panfilo Lacson on Wednesday urged authorities to validate information that some 2,000 members of China's People Liberation Army (PLA) are in the Philippines.
Lacson made the claim as lawmakers looked into alleged illegal activities in Philippine offshore gaming operations (POGO).
"Sa information na shinare ko kay Sen. (Richard) Gordon, a good number of PLA, unvalidated ito ah, subject for validation, and we’re talking here of 2,000 to 3,000 yun ang number na nabanggit," he told reporters in a chance interview.
(In the information I shared with Sen. Gordon, a good number of PLA, this is subject for validation, and we're talking here of 2,000 to 3,000 that's the number mentioned.)
"Kailangan i-validate natin, hindi naman ito confirmed and I urge the intelligence community to confirm. Baka nasa immersion mission, hindi natin alam. For what purpose, hindi natin alam."
(We need to validate this, this is not yet confirmed. I urge the intelligence community to confirm. Maybe they're here for an immersion mission, we don't know. For what purpose, we don't know.)
Gordon earlier said some US$446 million (P22.69 billion) was "smuggled" by 47 individuals into the country in a span of 5 months and alleged some Chinese money launderers have established "connections" with government officials.
Last week, police said they were investigating 2 Chinese murder suspects who were caught with identification cards allegedly from the PLA.
--With reports from Sherrie Ann Torres, ABS-CBN News