MANILA (UPDATE)—Authorities arrested 524 foreign workers, mostly Chinese, during a raid against a suspected online investment scam syndicate operating in Parañaque City Wednesday night.
Acting on a tip from Chinese authorities, operatives of National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) and Bureau of Immigration (BI) swooped on an office building in MIA Road past 9 p.m.
NCRPO director Guillermo Eleazar said the suspects allegedly preyed on would-be investors in mainland China.
Most of them were Chinese, numbering to 400, while others came from Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, Myanmar and Taiwan.
They failed to provide special working permits when asked by authorities.
Parañaque City administrator Ding Soriano said the company misdeclared the nature of its business as a support service of call center company.
"Meron palang ginagawang investment scam sa China pero dito ginagawa [ang] pag-consummate ng krimen nila," he said.
The suspects will be deported from the country and blacklisted.
The influx of Chinese workers in the Philippines due to offshore gaming operations has become a cause of concern for some government officials.
Some have been reported to be involved in crimes like abduction, extortion and prostitution.—Report from Lady Vicencio, ABS-CBN News