2 Chinese nationals arrested for allegedly bribing Makati cops

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 9, 2019   •   527

The Makati Police have arrested two Chinese nationals for allegedly offering P1.7 million for the release of Philippine offshore gaming operator (POGO) workers arrested during a prostitution den raid.

READ: Police raid prostitution den in Makati; rescued 35 sex workers

Authorities identified them as Zhang Xiuqiang and Fan Jianping.

Chief of Station Investigation and Detective Management Section (SIDMS) of Makati CPS PMaj. Gideon Ines Jr. said two Chinese nationals reportedly bribed the Makati Police on Tuesday (October 8) in exchange for the release of six fellow Chinese nationals arrested during an entrapment and rescue operation on Monday (October 7).

“Sabi niya, (He said) this is for you, please let my friends free from the station. Do not file case against them,” he said.

The two Chinese nationals, meanwhile, denied the said claims.

“No. I didn’t do that. I didn’t do that. I just stay outside then the police asked me to come in. Drop by here because my friend said there are some people in here so I want to ask what happened with them,” according to Zhang Xiuquang.

Meanwhile, National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) Chief PMGen. Guillermo Eleazar will meet with the new Chinese Police Attaché to discuss the cases involving Chinese nationals.

He also urged police officers to carefully monitor Chinese nationals committing illegal activities in the country.

“Mas maganda na mas husayan pa ng ating mga pulis na pagmo-monitor sa kanila at magkaroon tayo ng mas magandang coordination with our Chinese counterparts (It is better if our policemen would do better in monitoring them, and we should also have good coordination with our Chinese coutnerparts),”—AAC (with reports from Asher Cadapan Jr.)

House panel to look into $1.02-B cash brought in by Chinese nationals

Aileen Cerrudo   •   March 2, 2020

The House committee on ways and means is set to look into the $1.02 billion in cash allegedly brought in by Chinese nationals in an alleged money laundering scheme.

Committee panel chairman Albay Rep. Joey Salceda called on a closed-door session on Tuesday (March 3) to discuss the issue.

Salceda approved the motion of Nueva Ecija Rep. Estrellita Suansing to conduct an investigation on the $160.58 million in cash allegedly brought into the country by Chinese citizens from December 2019 to February 2020.

However, Salceda said there is $840 million that entered the country through Customs.

“The $160 million that was reported is just a tip of the iceberg. Based on our reports, I have seen that on top of $160 million, there was $840 million that entered last year through Customs through the airports,” he said.

“There is an obvious and apparent use of the power of the Customs covering portable commodities and declaring it without passing through the banking system. Otherwise, this would have had red flags all over the place already. The thing there, it’s $1.02 billion, not $160 million,” Salceda added.—AAC (with reports from Vincent Arboleda)

BI says Chinese top list of barred foreigners in 2019

Robie de Guzman   •   January 16, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Chinese nationals top the list of foreigners who were barred from entering the Philippines in 2019 after they were found lacking documents or ineligible to enter or stay in the country, the Bureau of Immigration (BI) reported on Thursday.

BI port operations division chief Grifton Medina said around 3,527 Chinese were denied entry last year, followed by 488 Vietnamese.

Some 329 Indonesians and 255 Malaysians were also among those prohibited to enter and stay in the Philippines.

Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente said a total of 7,724 foreigners were barred from entering the country in 2019 or 65 percent higher than the 4,679 aliens who were turned back in ports in 2018.

“They were turned back by immigration officers who, after the conduct of primary and secondary inspection, found that they were improperly documented, or ineligible to enter and stay in the Philippines,” Morente said in a statement.

He added that the aliens were immediately booked on the first available flight to back to their port of origin.

He also stressed that immigration officers have the authority to assess and decide if an arriving foreign national is eligible to be admitted into the country as a temporary visitor.

“A foreigner may be excluded if he is improperly documented, or the immigration officer deems that his presence or stay here is inimical to the national interest and public welfare,” Morente said.

The bureau also said that nearly two-thirds of the excluded aliens were tagged as likely to become public charges, or persons whose reasons for entry to the Philippines is doubtful, lacks the means to support their stay in the country, and were unable to explain their purpose in traveling to the Philippines.

“The others who were turned back were improperly documented aliens, convicted sex offenders, rude passengers, blacklisted foreigners, and those without entry visas,” it said.

PNP-AKG rescues 3 Chinese nationals from kidnap-for- ransom group

Maris Federez   •   December 14, 2019

The Philippine National Police-Anti Kidnapping Group (PNP-AKG) has confirmed the rescue of three Chinese nationals from a kidnap for ransom group in Bacoor, Cavite on Friday (December 13).

The victims, namely, Pham ThiTu, Zhang Juanzi, Shen Wenhui were allegedly raped by the suspects who are also Chinese nationals.

The rescue led to the arrest of the six suspects.

A statement sent to the media on Saturday said PNP-AKG teams led by PMaj. Cesar Nuñez Jr and PMaj. Edgar Pablico, together with the PNP Bacoor under PLtCol. Villaflor Bannawagan conducted the rescue after receiving reports from the partners of the victims.

The first complaint came from Huafeng Du on Dec. 12 regarding the abduction of his girlfriend, Pham.

He said the kidnappers demanded 200,000 RMB in exchange for the release of his girlfriend.

The second complaint was filed by Chang Hsiang Hao on December 11, reporting that his girlfriend Zhang Juanzi left on December 10 at around 11:00 PM but has not returned home since.

He said he received a WeChat message from the victim’s account on December 11 asking for Php 700,000 which he sent through an online payment app. However, the kidnapper did not release the victim but demanded instead for another Php 700,000 on December 12.

The third victim named Shen Wenhui was abducted inside Okada Hotel at around 10:00 in the evening on December 12 and was brought to the said place in Bacoor, Cavite. /mbmf

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