Chinese tourist falls victim to suspected ‘Ativan Gang’

Aileen Cerrudo   •   July 19, 2019   •   1936

The victim reporting the crime at the police station

A Chinese tourist has fallen victim to suspected ‘Ativan Gang’ in Manila on Thursday (July 18).

The victim, whose name was not disclosed, reported to the authorities. Her belongings were allegedly stolen by four unidentified individuals.

She recalled to have met them, three women and one man, at Manila Bay on Wednesday afternoon (July 17).

“So, I joined them for walk and we talked a lot, like food, like traditions, cuisines, a lot of things. I enjoyed it. We all enjoyed it. So, that’s not bad. So I joined them for dinner also,” the victim said.

After spending a bit of time together, they decided to go to a karaoke bar. However, she can no longer remember what happened afterwards.

She woke up in her hotel room with no memory of the incident and with all her money and other belongings gone.

“I just lost my mind. I don’t remember anything. I don’t remember how I got here and things just like that and when I woke up, I lost my phone, my credit cards, my earphones and some other things and also all cash,” she said.

According to the Hostel personnel, three foreign nationals have already fallen victim to the same modus this month.

“So the first time was a Japanese foreigner. Nanakawan siya like near here. And the second one naman is an Australian naman. And then, nanakaw sa kaniya drone and about like P300,000 worth of cash,” according to Operations Manager of the Hostel Toby Benjamin.

Meanwhile, despite the incident the Chinese tourist would still recommend the Philippines as one of the places to visit.

“I feel surprised when I take the train, someone always have their own seats for me. I say it’s okay. They keep insisting that. Maybe I feel so moved and so I would definitely recommend to my friends to come,” she said.—AAC (with reports from Asher Cadapan Jr.)

Over 500 foreign workers nabbed in Parañaque anti-fraud raid

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 10, 2019

Over 500 undocumented foreign nationals were arrested by the National Capital Region Police Officer (NCRPO) during an anti-fraud raid in Parañaque City on Wednesday (October 9).

Authorities arrested a total of 524 foreign nationals in a condominium in Parañaque for not having a working permit.

Of the arrested personnel, 424 are Chinese nationals, 45 are Burmese, 25 are Malaysians, 23 are Vietnamese, three are Indonesians, and four are Taiwanese.

NCRPO Regional Director PMGen. Guillermo Eleazar said that based on investigations, the company is using computer desktops and laptops in conducting illegal activities online.

“Mayroong isang company that is involved in telecom fraud in China and they were victimizing a lot of Chinese,” he said.

According to Parañaque City Administrator Dean Soriano, the company was registered as a call center agency.

“The effect of this one is a violation. Definitely, by tomorrow, closure order ang gagawin natin dito,” Soriano said.

The 524 undocumented foreign nationals are currently in NCRPO’s custody and might face deportation.—AAC (with reports from Asher Cadapan Jr.)

DOT targets over 1-M Chinese tourist arrival this year

admin   •   February 24, 2018

FILE PHOTO: Passengers in NAIA Terminal 2 ( Photoville International)

MANILA, Philippines —The Department of Tourism (DOT) is aiming to achieve its 1.5 million target of Chinese tourist arrivals this year.

Last year, there were around 960,000 Chinese nationals who visited the country, surpassing the number of American tourists.

DOT plans to intensify the country’s cruise tourism and add more flights from the Philippines to China to increase the number of Chinese visitors in the county. — UNTV News & Rescue

7 Navotas policemen surrender over kidnapping and extortion allegations

admin   •   August 14, 2017

MANILA CITY, Philippines — Seven policemen involved in kidnapping and extortion of a civilian surrendered to the Philippine National Police  – Counter-Intelligence Task Force (PNP-CITF).

On August 11, police kidnapped a civilian from Barangay Longos in Malabon City.

The suspects asked for P100,000 to the victim’s parents in exchange for his freedom.

The victim’s parents immediately asked the help of the CITF.

A joint operation was conducted by the NPD and CITF but the suspects immediately found out.

The next day, the suspects surrendered and were identified as members of the Navotas PNP.

They are namely, PO1 Emmanuel Benedict Alojacin, PO1 Mark Ryan Mones, PO2 Jonnel Barocaboc, PO3 Kenneth Loria, PO1 Christian Bondoc, PO1 Jack Rennert Etcubañas and PO2 Jessrald Pacinio.

“However, mayroong kaming other investigations. Kung mapatunayan namin na naging neglectful siya, ang immediate supervisor kasi sila ay assigned sa intelligence. Kung ang intelligence officer na may hawak sa kanila is the direct responsible officer,” CITF director PSSupt. Jose Chiquito Malayo said.

(However, we have other investigations. If we can prove the negligence of the immediate supervisor because the suspects are assigned in intelligence. If the intelligence officer handling them is the direct responsible officer, then he will be sacked accordingly.)

CITF Director PSSupt. Jose Chiquito Malayo said it proves the effectiveness of their campaign against anomalous police.

“Naging effective ang supporting ng ating mga civilians dahil tuwing may insidente naka-abot agad sa atin at na-aksyunan, malamang noong araw marami talaga ito kaya lang hindi agad na-aksyunan so it was silent,” PSSupt. Malayo added.

(The support of our civilians are effective because every incident, we are immediately informed and we take action, of course before there are many incidents with no immediate action, so it was silent.)

Meanwhile, the seven policemen will be charged with kidnapping and physical injury. – Mon Jocson | UNTV News & Rescue

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