31 arrested, over 50 Chinese women rescued in Parañaque ‘sex den’ raid

Robie de Guzman   •   September 19, 2019   •   340

MANILA, Philippines – Some 21 Chinese women were rescued from an alleged sex den in Baclaran, Parañaque City in an operation conducted by authorities early Thursday (Sept. 19).

Operatives of the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) and Bureau of Immigration raided a wellness spa inside a building after they received information it was allegedly offering an “extra service” to its clients.

The operation yielded the arrest of around 13 individuals who allegedly operated the business and 18 of its Chinese customers.

Seven Filipinos who worked as maintenance personnel were also nabbed.

“Prostitution den ito na napag-alaman natin na wala pala itong busines permit at wala ring itong occupancy permit. Ibig sabihin, itong building na ito ay hindi pa tapos and yet ito ay ginagamit na for prostitution,” NCRPO director Major General Guillermo Eleazar said.

Authorities also recovered pieces of evidence relating to the business’ operation, including P1.8 million earnings of the said spa.Police said the 13 den operators will be charged with violation of the Republic Act 10364 or the Expanded Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act of 2012. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Asher Cadapan Jr.)

Lawyer expresses high hopes after SC allowed Mary Jane Veloso’s deposition in Indonesia

Maris Federez   •   October 14, 2019

 Mary Jane Fiesta Veloso, 29, cries during an appeal hearing in Yogyakarta, Indonesia on 03 March 2015. EPA/BIMO SATRIO

The Supreme Court (SC) has allowed the out-of-court deposition of Mary Jane Veloso in Indonesia.

The SC reversed the 2017 Court of Appeals (CA) decision that rejected the resolution of the Nueva Ecija Trial Court that allowed the prosecution to get Veloso’s deposition through written interrogatories.

READ: Supreme Court allows deposition of Mary Jane Veloso in Indonesia

The High Court said Mary Jane will be denied due process if she will not be given the chance for an out-of-court deposition.

Veloso’s lawyer, National Union of People’s Lawyers (NUPL) president Atty. Edre Olalia, said they still do not know guidelines in drawing the deposition as they have yet to receive a copy of the SC decision.

This means that there is no clear indication yet as to when the prosecution will go to Indonesia to get Veloso’s testimony.

Despite this, Olalia believes that the SC ruling has a big impact on how the case will roll.

“Kami ay kumpiyansa naman na mapaparusahan yung mga recruiters tapos iyon ang magiging hudyat ng Indonesia para either gawing permanente ang pagpapaliban, babaan ang sentensya, patawarin na lang siya sa pamamagitan ng pardon o amnesty,” Olalia said.

He added that Mary Jane’s testimony is very crucial as it will be used against her recruiters who are now facing human trafficking, illegal recruitment, and estafa cases.

Veloso was arrested in Indonesia in April 2010 for smuggling heroin and was, thereafter, sentenced to death.

In April 2015, Veloso’s execution was suspended due to the human trafficking case that was filed in the Philippines wherein she is considered a vital witness. (From the report of Nel Maribojoc) /mbmf

2 Chinese nationals arrested for allegedly bribing Makati cops

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 9, 2019

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.)

7 Chinese nationals arrested for illegal sand dredging in Zambales

Robie de Guzman   •   September 14, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – Seven male Chinese nationals were arrested in Masinloc, Zambales for allegedly working without proper visas and engaging in illegal sand dredging activities, the Bureau of Immigration (BI) reported.

The Chinese nationals arrested were identified as Chen Shiniu, Chen Shaoshao, Xu Xiansheng, Jiang Xin, Zhao Yihong, Gong Yaan and Xie Yuhong.

Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente said these individuals were arrested on Sept. 11 by BI intelligence agents in coordination with the Philippine National Police.

Information from the BI Intelligence Office says the Chinese workers were found after searching six vessels including “Sand Carrier Horner 1” and Dredger Warrior 6.”

Upon initial questioning, the arrested foreigners presented their passports with tourist visas. They were found to be overstaying and working without proper permits.

“The subject arrested foreigners violated not only our immigration Laws but also the Philippine Mining Act of 1995 and Executive Order 292,” Morente said.

“They are seriously threatening national security and interest by stealing our minerals and resources,” he added.

The illegal Chinese workers were brought to the Immigration’s main office for further verification and proper inquest proceedings.

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