AUTHORITIES raided an illegal operation of Philippine Offshore Gaming Operator (POGO) and arrested 44 Chinese nationals and nine Filipino male Friday evening in Paranaque City.
The raid, carried out by combined elements of Regional Special Operation Unit (RSOU) Southern Police District (SPD) and Paranaque police, was conducted following a report that several Chinese looking men with handguns tucked in their waists were roaming along Mayuga Compound in Bgy. Tambo along Coastal Road and few meters away from the Entertainment City.
When joint forces of policemen arrived in the area at around 7:30 p.m., they allegedly saw a group of men outside the compound with their firearms visibly seen tucked in their waists.
The suspects, upon seeing the policemen, ran towards the two-storey apartment prompting lawmen to chase them where they saw a number of Chinese men and women operating an illegal online gambling joint.
In his report to National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) Director P/Maj. Gen. Debold Sinas, acting SPD Director P/Col. Emmanuel Peralta said the raiding team arrested 14 Chinese women, 30 Chinese men and nine male Filipinos who were involved in illegal POGO operation.
Seized from the arrested suspects were three cal. 45 pistols, two cal. 9mm pistols all with magazines loaded with ammunition, P1,335,010.00, 255 Chinese Yuan, 73 pieces Chinese passports, 17 pieces of computer desktop with keyboards and mouses, 36 different brands of laptop computer and assorted computer cable and wires.
Paranaque City Mayor Edwin Olivarez said he already issued an order to bar the entry in the city of all 44 Chinese nationals who were arrested during raid for illegally operating POGO operation.
The mayor said they suspect that the illegal POGO operations in the city started for the past two months when the ECQ in Luzon was implemented last March 16.
Olivarez also urged the Bureau of Immigration (BI) to deport with dispatch as soon as possible the Chinese who were using Filipino dummies to operate the illegal POGO when the government imposed enhanced community quarantine due to COVID-19 threat.
Paranaque police chief P/Col. Robin King Sarmiento said charges for violation of R.A. 10591 or the Comprehensive Law on Firearms and Ammunition Act, R.A. 11332 or the Mandatory Reporting of Notifiable Diseases and Health Events of Public Health Concern Act and R.A 11469 or the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act before the Paranaque City Prosecutor’s Office.