335 Chinese gambling workers nabbed over 'investment scam, cybercrimes'


Posted at Dec 20 2019 11:30 AM

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Authorities arrested 335 Chinese workers at a gambling hub in Quezon City for their alleged participation in an investment scam and other cybercrimes, police said Friday. 

The suspects' pending cases earlier prompted Beijing to cancel their passports, which meant they were working illegally at the Philippine offshore gaming operator (POGO) in EDSA, where they were arrested Thursday night, said Metro Manila police. 

The POGO in Barangay Bago Bantay is licensed by the Philippine gaming regulator, investigators said. 

The suspects were brought to police headquarters in Camp Karingal before their deportation proceedings, police said. 

The Philippines has seen a spike in the arrival of Chinese tourists and workers since President Rodrigo Duterte came to power in mid-2016 and immediately set about warming relations with Beijing.

The influx has had a mixed impact in the Philippines, with authorities suspecting many of the arrivals are working illegally in the online gambling industry. 

— With reports from Lyza Aquino, ABS-CBN News; Agence France-Presse 

ANC, Dec. 20, 2019