According to the Bureau of Immigration (BI), 277 illegal workers, the majority of which were Chinese nationals, were arrested due to illegal online gaming operations.
BI Commissioner Jaime H. Morente mentioned that the main targets of the raid that took place in Ortigas Center, Pasig City, were initially four Chinese fugitives wanted in China for immense fraud that amounts to P700 million (RMB100 million).
“We received an official communication from Police Attaché Chen Chao of the Chinese Embassy in the Philippines indicating that these Chinese fugitives engaged in an investment scam that victimized more than a thousand individuals, and has an estimated cost of damages amounting to more than RMB100 million,” he stated.
“Upon verification with the Chinese government, we found out that the passports of these fugitives have already been canceled, making them undocumented aliens,” said BI’s Fugitive Search Unit (FSU) Acting Chief Bobby R. Raquepo in a statement.
The raid was a successful operation due to a collaboration between the Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC), Philippine National Police (PNP)’s Integrity Monitoring and Enforcement Group (IMEG), and the Chinese Ministry of Public Security (MPS).
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