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June 22, 2024 Alfred P. Dalizon 102 views

A HIGH-profile Chinese fugitive accused of running an illegal gaming company in Metro Manila was arrested in an operation in Parañaque City, National Capital Region Police Office director Major General Jose Melencio C. Nartatez Jr. said yesterday.

The official said that members of the Parañaque City Police Station and the Fugitive Search Unit of the Bureau of Immigration arrested Zhu Tingyun, 43, of Bgy. Tambo, on Quirino Avenue in Barangay Tambo, Wednesday at around 11 p.m.

Representatives from the Chinese Ministry of Public Security were present when the arrest was made on the strength of an immigration order.

Maj. Gen. Nartatez said Zhu had been on the run since March 2, 2023. Guanxi Cangwu Public Security Bureau said Zhu was operating a gambling house in China in violation of Article 303 of the Criminal Act of the People’s Republic of China.

An official communication from Zheng Xue, Political Attache of the People’s Republic of China embassy in Manila last June 6, said Zhu was ‘an undesirable alien posing a risk to public safety and security.’

The NCRPO chief said that their investigation revealed that Zhu Tingyun is a senior manager of an illegal online gambling company operating in The Philippines.

“His criminal syndicate operates through online betting platforms with an estimated income of 30 Billion Chinese Yuan from its illegal activities since 2016,” said Maj. Gen. Nartatez.

The arrested Chinese was placed under the custody of the BI pending his deportation.

The NCRPO director commended the joint efforts and unwavering dedication of the law enforcement agencies involved in the operation which led to the arrest of the suspect.

He also emphasized the importance of collaborative international efforts in ensuring public safety and security and protecting the public from threats posed by local and international criminal elements.

“This marks a pivotal moment in the ongoing campaign against illegal gambling operations and highlights the crucial role of international cooperation in law enforcement,” Maj. Gen. Nartatez said.