277 Chinese workers arrested for “illegal online activities”

Pasig Police Headquarters (file)

More than 277 illegal Chinese workers have been arrested in a raid of an office in Pasig City, under suspicion of being involved with “illegal online activities.”

The police raid was initially just targeting 4 fugitives for their involvement in economic crimes in China. 

 “We received official communication from Police Attaché Chen Chao of the Chinese Embassy in the Philippines indicating that these Chinese fugitives engaged in an investment scam that victimized more than a thousand individuals, and has an estimated cost of damages amounting to more than 100 million RMB,” said Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente.

The raid was conducted by the BI Fugitive Search Unit (FSU), in coordination with the Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission, Philippine National Police Integrity Monitoring and Enforcement Group, and the Chinese Ministry of Public Security (MPS).

The raid is the latest in a series of arrests involving illegal foreign workers in the Philippines. Last week, Cebu police arrested 181 Chinese working in an illegal POGO office in Lapu-Lapu City.