Forty-four Chinese nationals and nine Filipinos suspected as workers of a raided illegal Philippine offshore gaming operation (POGO) office in Parañaque City were arrested early Saturday.
The arrests were made after an informant reported to the police that a group of armed individuals were seen along NAIA Road, according to Parañaque PNP Chief Police Col. Robin King Sarmiento.
Responding officers saw a group of men and approached them.
“When we were about to verify if they are really armed as stated, reported to us, they ran inside the building wherein the police caught individuals still operating,” said Sarmiento.
Upon checking the documents of the suspects, it was found that they are illegal POGO workers.
“We found out that they are not in the list of licensed POGOs here in Parañaque,” said PCol Sarmiento.
“They said they are workers of Skyluck Corp, Skydragon Global Technology, Dragon Wealth System and Dragon Global, but none of these are operating in Paranaque,” he added.
Recovered inside the premises of the raided office were 36 laptops; 17 units of computer desktops; five pistols; and around P1,335,000 in cash.
The suspects will be facing charges for violating quarantine protocols, illegal possession of firearms and illegal gambling laws.