Chinese spies in PH? Discreet probe needed — DOJ

March 03, 2020

JUSTICE Secretary Menardo Guevarra yesterday said that a “discreet investigation” is needed to find out if China is using the Philippine offshore gaming operators (Pogos) to spy on the Philippines.

Guevarra made the statement when asked if he would direct the National Bureau of Investigation to look into Sen. Richard Gordon’s assertion that members of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has infiltrated POGOs for intelligence gathering in the country.

“Everything is possible in espionage. And it’s neither discussed openly nor investigated by law enforcement agents. Discreet counter-intelligence operation is the usual way to deal with it,” he told reporters in a Viber message.

Recently, Gordon was quoted to have said : “Naniniwala ako na infiltrated ‘yan (POGO) ng PLA dahil ang laki-laki niyan. Ilagay mo na lang 200,000 ‘yan na nagtatrabaho dito, nakatigil dito.”

“Peoples Liberation Army, napakalakas niyan sa China. They are the biggest intelligence agency, mas malaki pa sa Amerika,” he said.

Gordon, chairperson of the powerful Senate Blue Ribbon Committee, theorized that Chinese spies are all over the country to map out invasion areas and Philippine military camps.

Likewise, he expressed alarm over a shooting incident in Makati City recently where the suspects yielded PLA identification cards.

In that incident, three Chinese men shot dead a fellow Chinese and hurt his wife inside a restaurant in Makati City Thursday night, February 27. 

The fatality was identified as Yin Jian Tao, 33, an IT employee. His wife was identified as Zheng Kai, 25.

“Bakit sila may baril?” Gordon said.

“Nakakabahala itong nangyayari. Nagkakaroon sila ng baril, ng firing range. Nagkakapatayan sila (Chinese),” he continued.