June 22, 2024 Alfred P. Dalizon 183 views

THE Philippine National Police Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (PNP-CIDG) and the Presidential Anti-Organized Crime Commission (PAOCC) on Friday filed additional human trafficking charges versus embattled suspended Bamban, Tarlac Mayor Alice Guo.

Acting on a guidance from PNP chief, General Rommel Francisco D. Marbil, the PNP-CIDG headed by Major Gen. Leo M. Francisco, joined by PAOCC Executive Director Gilbert DC Cruz, filed the charges before the Department of Justice (DOJ).

The additional charges for human trafficking in violation of Republic Acts 9208 (Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act of 2003), 10364 (Expanded Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act of 2012) and 11862 (Expanded Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act of 2022) were filed in collaboration with the Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Trafficking and other allied law enforcement agencies.

Guo and her co-accused were earlier implicated in a major trafficking case currently pending before the Tarlac Regional Trial Court Branch 66.

Last March 18, human trafficking cases were filed against Walter Wong Long and six other foreign nationals in the aftermath of the PAOCC-led raids at the Zun Yuan Technology Inc. located inside the Baofu compound in Bamban last March 13.

Upon review and assessment of documents and other pieces of evidence, the case was expanded to include new respondents — Alice Leal Guo a.k.a. Guo Hua Ping and 13 other individuals, including corporate officers of Baofu Land Development Inc., Hongsheng Gaming Technology Inc., and Zun Yuan Technology Incorporated, who allegedly conspired and committed human trafficking activities inside the Baofu compound.

The Motion to Admit Complaint and Additional Respondents filed on Friday by the authorities underscores the commitment of law enforcement agencies to make sure all perpetrators of serious offenses will be prosecuted, said Francisco.

Marbil also highlighted the significance of these developments.

“The government, through the Department of Justice, sends a strong message to all illegal POGO operators: the long arm of the law will catch you and bring you to justice. The PNP remains steadfast in its duty to safeguard the rights and welfare of every individual and will vigorously pursue those engaged in exploitative and unlawful activities,” he said.