Over 150 Chinese nationals nabbed for operating illegal online gambling site

• 154 Chinese nationals were nabbed in Angeles City, Pampanga
• The foreigners were allegedly engaged in illegal online gambling and cybercrime operations
• The suspects were taken to the Bureau of Immigration detention facility in Taguig City

A joint team from the Bureau of Immigration and Angeles City Police raided a multi-complex building and arrested 154 Chinese nationals in Clark Freeport, Angeles City, Pampanga, on Friday, September 9.

Angeles City Police chief Senior Superintendent Sidney Villaflor said the foreigners arrested at their rented units at the second and third floors of the Don Gwang Building Tower 2 were engaged in illegal online gambling and cybercrime operations.

Armed with a Bureau of Immigration Mission Order, the raiding team led by Ret. General Edwin Remotigue of the Bureau of Immigration and Deportation swooped down on the suspects’ lairs after several weeks of surveillance operation.

Bureau of Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente said 8 of the arrested Chinese nationals were minors. He said the suspects will “undergo summary deportation proceedings for violating the conditions of their stay in the country and engaging in activities inimical to the public interest.”

As noted in an InterAksyon article dated September 9, 2016, the illegal aliens were brought to a holding area at the Philippine Immigration Academy for documentation before being taken to the Bureau of Immigration detention facility in Bicutan, Taguig City.

The suspects were found to have entered the country as tourists and many of them have already overstayed their visa.

Morente said the operation was just the latest in a series of actions that immigration operatives will undertake to flush out undesirable aliens in the country. He disclosed that the successful operation was made possible through the help of informants who tipped the authorities of their illegal activities.