‘Isolated’ crimes by Chinese lamented

THE Chinese Embassy in Manila yesterday vowed to further cooperate with Philippine authorities to put a stop to the illegal activities of some unscrupulous Chinese even as it stressed criminal cases involving Chinese are only “isolated incidents.”

A statement was issued by the embassy following reports that Chinese nationals are allegedly associated with money laundering, prostitution, kidnapping, and even bribing of Philippine authorities.

In its statement, the Chinese Embassy said the Chinese government attaches “great importance to combating all kinds of illegal and criminal activities” and has been in close cooperation with relevant agencies in the country.

“The Chinese Embassy has always been committed to safeguarding the legitimate rights and interests of Chinese citizens in the Philippines and has been providing consular service and protection for them to the best of its ability. The Embassy is willing to continue to strengthen communication and cooperation with the Philippine side in this regard,” the statement read.

It lashed out at “any irresponsible remarks based on fake news and condemns any groundless allegations against China out of ulterior political motives”.

The Embassy also stressed such “isolated cases” do not represent the whole picture of China-Philippines relations.

“The China-Philippines relations have maintained a good momentum of development, which serves the fundamental interests of the two peoples,” it said.

Last year, the Philippine National Police reported a number of kidnapping cases involving Chinese victims and kidnappers due to the influx of Chinese working for Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators (POGO).

Senator Richard Gordon on Tuesday said at least USD470 million was brought into the country in relation to POGO operations by 47 individuals, mostly Chinese nationals, from September 2019 to February 2020, without being flagged.

He warned that money laundering is a “threat to national security” because it can be used to fund organized crimes, destabilize governments and erode the integrity of the nation’s financial institutions.