75 Chinese, 3 Pinoys held for illegal online gambling

August 19, 2020

NATIONAL Bureau of Investigation have arrested 75 Chinese for illegal online gambling within the Cagayan Special Economic Zone (CEZA) in Sta. Ana, Cagayan.

NBI Officer-In-Charge Eric B. Distor said the operation stemmed from information provided by CEZA that Chinese nationals were operating online gambling within the zone's jurisdiction in Sta. Ana town.

Armed with a search warrant, operatives of NBI-Cagayan Valley Regional Office (NBI-CAVRO) in coordination with the Philippine National Police of Cagayan and CEZA officials raided the house of one Frank Yu last August 4.

In the course of the operation, several Chinese nationals were seen using computer systems and, with the assistance of CEZA, it was confirmed that they were indeed operating online gambling.

"Having been caught in flagrante delicto directly operating and facilitating illegal and unauthorized activities and games, they were immediately placed under arrest and informed them of their right under the Philippine Constitution," Distor said.

The arrested suspects, including three Filipinos, were properly booked, fingerprinted, and photographed as part of the standard operating procedure.

They were  presented for inquest proceedings for violation of Presidential Decree 1602 as amended by Republic Act 9287 (An Act Increasing the Penalties for Illegal Numbers Games in relation to RA 10175 (Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012).