3 Chinese nationals nabbed for violating Davao City’s firecracker ban

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 11 February) – Three Chinese nationals who used pyrotechnics to welcome the Chinese New Year here are facing charges for violating City Ordinance 060-02 or the firecracker ban. Arrested by operatives of the Davao City Police Office (DCPO) for using pyrotechnics at the Royal Pines Subdivision along Shrine Hills in Matina […].....»»

Category: newsSource: mindanews mindanewsFeb 12th, 2024

3 Chinese face raps for using fireworks display on Chinese New Year in Davao City

THREE Chinese nationals in Davao City will face legal cases for violating City Ordinance 060-02, also known as the Firecracker Ban, after their minute-long fireworks display during the Chinese New Year celebration on Friday night, February 9, 2024......»»

Category: newsSource:  sunstarRelated NewsFeb 12th, 2024

Complaints filed against 3 Chinese nationals for using firecrackers

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 13 February)—Complaints have been filed against three Chinese nationals on Tuesday before the Office of the City Prosecutor for violating the 21-year-old ordinance of Davao City banning the use of firecrackers during the celebration of Chinese New Year at the Royal Pines Subdivision here at 12:06 a.m. on Saturday, a local […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsFeb 14th, 2024

2 Chinese nabbed at NAIA

The Bureau of Immigration reported yesterday the arrest of two Chinese nationals on two separate occasions for violating the country’s immigration laws. Cai XiaoMing, 43, was arrested at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 1 after immigration officers found that he was on the bureau’s list of persons with court-issued hold departure orders. Cai, who arrived from Quanzhou, China, was issued an HDO in September 2019 by the Pangasinan regional trial court after he was criminally charged with tax evasion. The second Chinese national, Wang ZiLi, 27, was also arrested at NAIA 1 terminal as he was about to leave the country for Shanghai. Wang is allegedly one of 16 Chinese nationals who were recently placed on the BI’s watchlist after being informed by the Chinese authorities that they were wanted in China for involvement in economic crimes. Both Cai and Wang were detained at the BI Warden Facility in Camp Bagong Diwa, Taguig City. BI Commissioner Norman Tansingco said that the bureau will continue to intensify its efforts to crack down on foreigners who are violating the country’s immigration laws. “We will not tolerate any foreigner trying to circumvent our immigration laws,” Tansingco said. “We will continue to work closely with our foreign counterparts to ensure that those who are wanted in their countries are brought to justice.” The post 2 Chinese nabbed at NAIA appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsMay 28th, 2023

CA orders release of 4 Chinese nabbed in POGO Las Piñas raid

The Court of Appeals ordered the release of four Chinese nationals arrested in a police raid on a Philippine Offshore Gaming Operation (POGO) in Las Piñas City on 27 June. The raid was conducted by the Philippine National Police Anti-Cyber Crime Group (PNP-ACG). Covered by the CA’s 10th Division order dated 28 July 2023 were Ang Chin Keong, Choo Jun Cheng, Choo Wei Jazz, and a certain "Edy". Lawyer Jocel Isidro Dilag filed the petition for the issuance of the writ of habeas corpus on behalf of the four foreign nationals. A writ of habeas corpus “is a writ directed to a person detaining another, commanding the former to produce the body of the latter at a designated time and place.” It extends “to all cases of illegal and arbitrary detention by which any person is deprived of his liberty.” “We have examined into the cause of caption and restraint of Keong, et al., and we are satisfied that they are unlawfully restrained. The totality of the circumstances show that Keong, et al, were unlawfully restrained,” the CA said in an 18-page decision penned by Associate Justice Rex Bernard Pascual. “The PNP, through P/BGen Jose Melencio Nartatez, Jr., P/BGen Sidney S. Hernia, PCol. Atty. Arvie A. Paraon-Bueno, PCol. Atty. Nova De Castro, and all those acting under their instructions and command, including those who may have taken actual, legal, and/or constructive custody of Keong, et al., are ordered to immediately discharge and/or release from any custody, detention, confinement, or other restraint which is currently undertaken at Hong Tai Compound, 501 Alabang Zapote Road, Almanza Uno, Las Piñas City,” the CA added. Named respondents in the petition for the writ of habeas corpus are Nartatez, regional director of the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO), and Hernia, director of the PNP-ACG. The four petitioners were among the more than 2,700 individuals, including 600 Chinese, 180 Vietnamese, 140 Indonesian, 130 Malaysian nationals, and Filipinos, who were detained at the premises of the Hong Tai Compound, a mixed-use facility for residential and commercial purposes, situated along Alabang Zapote Road, Almanza Uno, Las Piñas City. They claimed that a large part of the Filipino group had already been released by the respondents, while foreigners, including Keong’s group, are still detained in their respective rooms “against their will, without any running water and food rations”. Also, the petitioners claimed they were even required to get the respondents’ permission just to gain access to a working toilet or buy potable water from the compound’s convenience store. The PNP-ACG on the other hand defended the raid and told the CA that the foreign nationals were not allowed to leave the premises being potential victims of human trafficking. The respondents noted that most of them are with expired passports, no working visas, or minors, whose passports are captured by the employer POGO facility. The PNP-ACG said they had already referred the foreign nationals to the Bureau of Immigration (BI) and the Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking (IACAT) for assessment as potential trafficking victims. But in siding with the petitioners, the Court took into consideration the failure of the PNP to present a copy of the search warrants used as the basis for conducting the raid. The CA noted, “The fact that no search warrants were presented by the PNP would show that the warrants are adverse to it. Section 3 (e), Rule 131 of the Revised Rules on Evidence provides that evidence willfully suppressed would be adverse if produced, unless contradicted and overcome by other evidence.” It further held that "no judicial process was presented to the Court by the PNP to allow for the continued detention of Keong et al." Also, it said even the purported protective custody of Keong, et. al., does not justify their continued restraint. While the PNP cited the Expanded Trafficking in Persons Act of 2012 as the process to secure and restrict the movement of the said foreign nationals who are possible victims of human trafficking, the appellate court held that the absence of the latter's consent is "fatal to their continued detention." The post CA orders release of 4 Chinese nabbed in POGO Las Piñas raid appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 6th, 2023

BI to hold arrested POGO suspects

The Bureau of Immigration would hold the foreigners apprehended during the raid on a Philippine Offshore Gaming Operator facility in Las Piñas City last 27 June, according to Justice Secretary Jesus Crispin Remulla. The foreigners’ BI detention was agreed upon after a conference between the Department of Justice and the Philippine National Police Anti-Cybercrime Group, which conducted the raid that resulted in the filing of human trafficking complaints against five Chinese nationals. The foreigners are being held in “legal custody because they are being investigated for violating their visas or the conditions of their visas,” according to Remulla. “The licenses of these POGOs were canceled by PAGCOR (Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation),” Remulla added, “which gives rise to the fact that these are already illegal.” According to Remulla, the BI taking legal possession of the foreigners will “clarify a lot of issues about the habeas corpus petitions that are being filed because they are being held for cause by the BI.” He stated that infractions of visa conditions are sufficient grounds for the BI to detain them permanently. “The rights of persons who enter our country are always subject to the conditions set forth by the visa issued to them, and visas are conditionally privileged documents given by the state to allow entry into the country,” Remulla explained. In the interim, the foreigners “will be kept in the POGO quarters in Las Piñas City where they were raided because the BI does not have the facilities to keep them.” Remulla stated that the PNP-ACG rescued over 2,700 people, including Filipinos, and that approximately 1,000 foreigners are still being held in prison in the POGO facility after hundreds had already been deported or returned. “There are 17 nationalities of people caught in Las Piñas,” Remulla said, adding that the embassies were arranging the expulsion or repatriation of their residents. The post BI to hold arrested POGO suspects appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJul 18th, 2023

2,700 trafficking victims rescued

The joint operatives of the National Capital Region Police Office and Philippine National Police — Anti Cybercrime Group rescued more than 2,700 workers of alleged illegal Philippine Offshore Gaming operation in Las Piñas City on Monday evening. Based on the report of NCRPO, a total of 2,714 individuals including Filipinos (1,528), Chinese-600 Vietnamese-183 Indonesian-137, Malaysian-134, Thailand-81, Taiwan-21, Nigerian-7, Singaporean-5, Myanmar-5, Yemen-4, Pakistan-2, African-2, India-1, Somalia-1, Sudanese-1, Cameroon-1, Iranian-1 were rescued during a raid conducted at the Alabang-Zapote Road, Barangay Almanza Uno, Las Piñas. The operation was conducted through the implementation of the search warrants and warrants to search, seize and examine Computer Data issued by the local court of Las Pinas against to the owners and maintainers of the said POGO hub aliases Quiha Lu, Liangfei Chen, Jimmy Lin, Abbey Ng and others for violating the Expanded Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act of 2012. The implementation was recorded through the use of body-worn cameras and alternative recording devices while an investigation to track the perpetrators of this activity is underway. The rescued foreign nationals were documented for booking and possible deportation. Earlier, PNP chief Gen. Benjamin Acorda Jr. said they will continue to work closely with other agencies to ensure that those who engage in such heinous crimes are held accountable. “We must all unite in this fight against human trafficking and help put an end to this inhumane practice,” he said in a previous statement. The post 2,700 trafficking victims rescued appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJun 27th, 2023

Over 2.7K alleged human trafficking victims rescued in Las Piñas POGO raid

The Philippine National Police on Tuesday said it rescued 2,714 workers of different nationalities, allegedly victims of human trafficking by the illegal Philippine offshore gaming operator in Las Piñas City. In its report, the National Capital Region Police Office said of the total rescued individuals, 1,528 were Filipinos, 600 Chinese, 183 Vietnamese, 137 Indonesians, 134 Malaysians, 81 Thais, and 21 Taiwanese, while the rest are foreign nationals from Nigeria, Singapore, Myanmar, Yemen, Pakistan, South Africa, India, Somalia, Sudan, Cameroon, and Iran. The alleged victims were rescued during the law enforcement operations of the NCRPO and PNP’s Anti Cybercrime Group at a POGO establishment located at 501 Alabang-Zapote Road, Barangay Almanza Uno, Las Piñas City. The owners and maintainers of the POGO hub registered as “Xinchuang Network Technology Inc.” formerly known as "Hong Tai", were identified through their aliases Quiha Lu, Liangfei Chen, Jimmy Lin, and Abbey Ng. They face criminal charges for violating the Expanded Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act of 2012. Senator Win Gatchalian described the latest police raid in a POGO hub in Las Pinas as “another testament that POGOs’ involvement in criminal activities has become rampant, and necessitates their immediate expulsion from the country.” “Because we have allowed POGOs to maintain operations in the country, the Philippines has become a hotbed of human trafficking,” he told the reporters on Tuesday. Gatchalian lamented that POGO hubs, in effect, have been given a free license to engage in criminal activities. He also slammed the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation for “utter incompetence in supervising” the operations of POGOs. “Undoubtedly, the POGO industry poses a huge threat to the country’s peace and order situation, endangering both local and foreign nationals,” Gatchalian said. “Hindi na dapat madagdagan pa ang mga biktima ng POGO sa bansa. Paalisin na ang mga POGO sa lalong madaling panahon!” he added. The post Over 2.7K alleged human trafficking victims rescued in Las Piñas POGO raid appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: lifestyleSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 27th, 2023

Trafficked Chinese women rescued

The National Bureau of Investigation rescued six Chinese women as its operatives busted a suspected human trafficking group in Pasay City recently. The operation also led to the arrest of a male Chinese national, identified as Pan Jing, who is now facing charges for violating Republic Act  9208, otherwise known as the “Expanded Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act of 2012,” as amended by RA 10364. The NBI-International Operations Division launched the operation after receiving a tip-off about a group of Chinese nationals involved in online human trafficking activities and through a series of surveillance operations and assistance from the Chinese Embassy, the NBI-IOD confirmed the group’s illicit activities. On 31 March, the NBI-IOD operatives, along with officials from the Bureau of Immigration and the Chinese Embassy, conducted the operation and successfully rescued the women, who were subsequently turned over to the Chinese Embassy. The suspect, Pan Jing, was brought for inquest before the Pasay City Prosecutor’s Office on 1 April. The post Trafficked Chinese women rescued appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsApr 12th, 2023

75 Chinese, 3 Pinoys nabbed of illegal gambling

TUGUEGARAO CITY, Cagayan, Aug. 6 (PIA) - - Seventy-five Chinese nationals and three Filipinos were arrested of illegal gambling recently by the joint forces of the Philippine National Police (PNP).....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsAug 6th, 2020

Delivery rider nabbed for hold up me scheme

A delivery rider in Davao City, Bryan Sistual Capote, gained attention after claiming to be robbed while on duty. However, police investigations revealed inconsistencies in his story. Witnesses reported no signs of trouble during the alleged robbery, and tracking Capote's e-wallet transactions uncovered a transfer matching the amount he claimed was stolen. Confronted by authorities, Capote confessed to fabricating the robbery. He now faces charges for his deceitful actions......»»

Category: newsSource:  sunstarRelated NewsJan 24th, 2024

VM Quitain:  City Council will revisit firecracker ban if necessary 

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews – 11 January) – Davao City vice-mayor J Melchor Quitain Jr. said the City ordinance 060-02 also known as firecracker ban ordinance is “as good as it is now” but they would “revisit” it if necessary.  Quitain said this  amid allegations that organizers of the recent “Paghinugyaw: Sugat sa Bag-ong Tuig,” Davao City’s […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsJan 14th, 2024

Manhunt starts for Chinese man’s 5 kidnappers

Lawmen have launched a manhunt for five Chinese nationals who kidnapped their compatriot in Pasay City last December and held him for P2.4 million in ransom......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 4th, 2024

6 injured by firecrackers in Davao region

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 2 January) – Six firecracker-related injuries were reported in the Davao region from December 21 to 31, 2023, local health authorities said Tuesday. Based on information released by the Department of Health (DOH)-Davao, there were three individuals injured by firecrackers in Davao de Oro, two in Davao del Norte, and one […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsJan 2nd, 2024

Davao City police reminds public to observe two-decade firecracker ban 

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 26 December) —  The Davao City Police Office (DCPO) on Tuesday urged Dabawenyos to strictly observe the implementation of the two-decade old firecracker ban to keep the New Year’s celebration in Davao City safe and peaceful. This after authorities confiscated some firecrackers in some areas here on Christmas Day despite the long-standing […].....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 26th, 2023

Baguio soars to Batang Pinoy 4-peat

It’s officially a four-peat for Baguio City as Pasig and Davao City completed the podium in the Batang Pinoy nationals finals......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsDec 26th, 2023

Hefty speed limit fines for instilling discipline, not ‘money-making’

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 13 December)—The hefty fines on the new speed limit ordinance here are intended to discipline potential violators and not for “money-making,” a city councilor said. “We have big penalties precisely so that we can regulate people using roads, to discourage you from violating the ordinance,” Luna Acosta, chair of the Sangguniang […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsDec 15th, 2023

Koreans nabbed in Lapu-Lapu for human trafficking 

MANDAUE CITY, Cebu—Two Korean nationals were arrested by operatives of the National Bureau of Investigation Cebu District Office (NBI-CEBDO) for human trafficking. The Koreans were identified as Tae Young Han, 51 years old, and Yunyeong Kim, 28 years old. They have been staying in the country since September this year. They do not have an.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 21st, 2023

Calinan rape victim FB friend of suspect

The Davao City Police Office (DCPO) has revealed that the 15-year-old victim of a recent rape case in Calinan was friends with the suspect on social media. The suspect, a 19-year-old, allegedly fetched the victim from her residence and took her to an inn in Calinan. The initial physical interaction between them was said to be transactional. The DCPO director, PCol. Alberto Lupaz, stated that the establishment where the incident occurred may face charges under Republic Act (R.A) 7610, which provides protection against child abuse and exploitation. According to the law, businesses involved in child trafficking or sexual abuse will be shut down and their licenses revoked. The victim has undergone medical and psychological examinations, while the suspect is currently detained in the Calinan Detention Facility, awaiting charges for violating R.A 8353......»»

Category: newsSource:  sunstarRelated NewsNov 3rd, 2023

High-powered ammo, weapons found in upscale village

According to former DILG Secretary Rafael Alunan III in a Facebook post dated 18 October 2023, Agents of the National Bureau of Investigation conducted an operation in Valle Verde in Pasig City. The Valle Verde Homeowners Association reported that investigators were zeroing in on Chinese nationals who were renting a property. What they found in that residence were high-powered weapons, marked with “From People’s Republic of China” as well as ammunition. The Chinese residents denied the weapons belonged to them, claiming instead that their security personnel owned all the weapons. Also found in the house were badges that were labeled “blasting team,” “recon team,” “support team,” “assault team,” “machine gun team,” and “sniper team.” Despite such an alarming report, residents have been apprised of the situation, and that everything was being done to make sure the security of the community is paramount. The post High-powered ammo, weapons found in upscale village appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsOct 26th, 2023

BoC, PCG stop robbery of seized fake products

Elements of combined operatives of the Bureau of Customs and Philippine Coast Guard stopped the theft of Customs-seized goods in a warehouse in Pasay City on Thursday night, resulting in the arrest of 67 Filipinos and 10 Chinese nationals. According to the BoC, the warehouse was previously sealed and padlocked during an operation against intellectual property rights infringing goods, specifically clothing apparel, footwear, and bags. BOC-Customs Intelligence and Investigation Service Director Verne Enciso said the operation was augmented by the CIIS-Manila International Container Port. “We received information from a well-placed asset that there was an ongoing theft in a Pasay warehouse we have previously sealed and padlocked. This warehouse had been subjected previously to a Letter of Authority,” he furthered. Upon receiving information, a team from the BOC’s Intellectual Property Rights Division immediately proceeded to 112 M. Acosta St., Barangay 77, Pasay City to interdict the illegal activities. During the operation, more or less 67 Filipinos and 10 Chinese nationals were caught breaking the BOC seal and were seen carrying the forfeited illicit goods from the upper floors down to the ground floor. A close truck van (L300) with plate number TNP 882 was also spotted being loaded with the forfeited goods. Deputy Commissioner for Intelligence Juvymax Uy assured that all forfeited items were accounted for through a verification conducted on the spot. “The success of each operation, including seeing them through the legal proceedings, is crucial to the health of the Philippine industry. These operations show the seriousness of our work and send the right message to businesses that want to invest here,” he said. “It is not lost on us that what we do here has a direct impact on local businesses, local employment, and the attractiveness of the Philippines as an investment destination,” Uy added. The post BoC, PCG stop robbery of seized fake products appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsOct 26th, 2023