Philippine raid nabs 342 illegal Chinese gaming employees

The Chinese workers are illegally working in a licensed online gambling company, was arrested by the Philippine authorities on an office building in Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines, on December 19, 2019. Photo December 19, 2019. Bureau of Customs/handout via REUTERS

MANILA (Reuters) – Philippine authorities said on Friday, and arrested 342 Chinese workers in a raid on an illegal gambling operation, which is part of the tackling illegal migration and the illegal gambling industry, which is driven by the mainland China’s appetite for the play.

License for online gaming operations launched in 2016, have been a boon in bringing the money to the Philippine economy, but the illegal businesses and the attraction of large numbers of Chinese migrants have become, largely as a result of the vested interests, corruption, and weak enforcement of the law.

Illegal activities are much greater than those that can be taken care of, and will not have to pay any taxes. Law enforcement agencies and the Chinese government is suspected that some of the ways of crime, such as money laundering.

The Chinese were arrested late on Thursday, were registered with the gambling company, which had yet to secure a license from the state gaming regulator.

“We have reason to believe that the company was a front for illegal cyber activity and investment scams,” said Fortunato Manahan, chief of the Bureau of Immigration’s intelligence division.

Even though the Philippine President, Rodrigo Duterte, has a good relationship with China, where gambling is banned, he denied her request for a ban on gambling activities in the Chinese mainland.

The Chinese gaming companies, and their employees are to blame for the management of the office and the house is rented, so much so that the City of Makati, Manila’s main business district, the hub, and a prohibition on the issuance of licenses to gaming companies.

In August, Cambodia’s hearing, the Chinese push for a ban on online gambling, which has attracted Chinese investment, and the crime rate in the country.

Reporting by Neil Jerome Morales; Editing by Martin Petty and Robert Birsel

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