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PNP-ACG turns over 7 wanted POGO workers to BI

July 8, 2023 Alfred P. Dalizon 401 views

PHILIPPINE National Police Anti-Cybercrime agents have turned over four wanted Chinese and three Taiwanese to the Bureau of Immigration.

The turned over individuals were among those arrested in a raided POGO facility in Las Piñas City, PNP-ACG director Brigadier General Sydney S. Hernia said yesterday.

The warrants in the raid of the POGO hub was based on law issued by Judge Phoeve Castillo Meer of the Las Piñas City Regional Trial Court Branch 275.

The four Chinese were identified as Zhang Quanbao, 29, of Fujian province. Zhang is wanted for contact fraud.

Liming Yu, 31, of Hunan province, who is wanted for drug trafficking; and Liu Jianxin, 33, of Gansu province and wanted for telecom fraud.

The fourth was identified as Song Hanmin, 27, of Hubei province, who is wanted for theft.

Two of the Taiwanese were identified as Yi-Liang Li and Hsin Chiang Huang, both have a warrant of arrest for fraud issued by the Taiwan Taichung District Prosecutor’s Office.

Hernia said that the seven were turned over to the BI last Wednesday after their identities were confirmed following a cross-matching conducted by the PNP-ACG with the help of concerned foreign embassies.

PNP chief General Benjamin C. Acorda Jr. instructed PNP-IG director Colonel Romeo J. Macapaz to monitor POGO facilities where illegal activities like human trafficking, kidnapping and cyber-crime activities are taking place.

The PNP-ACG director said they carried out the raids based on evidence indicating potential engagement of the apprehended foreign and Filipino workers in various illegal activities, including human trafficking, love scams and investment scams under the guise of being a legitimate POGO entity.

The operation resulted in the rescue of nearly 3,000 Filipinos and foreign nationals who were identified as victims of human trafficking.

Members of the media have been given access to the raided compound and its seven buildings where various amenities, such as grocery stores and medical and dental clinics, are present.

A so-called “romance room” used by scammers to deceive unsuspecting individuals, creating an illusion that the people they were interacting with are genuine and located in their own homes was also discovered, the official said.

PNP-ACG spokesperson Captain Michelle Sabino said that the BI is currently processing the biometrics of the rescued foreign workers.

“Once their documentation is complete, and in the absence of any domestic charges, they will be gradually repatriated to their respective countries,” she said.

The PNP-ACG expressed its sincere gratitude to the different embassies and agencies for their invaluable cooperation and assistance in the identification and subsequent arrest of these fugitives.

“We stand firm in our resolve to combat cybercrime and protect our community. The arrest and turnover of these foreign nationals mark a significant victory, but our mission does not end here.

We will never stop and we will relentlessly pursue cyber criminals no matter the cost,” the official stressed.

The PNP-IG provided the PNP-ACG with the ‘intelligence packet’ which resulted in the raid at what has been considered as the biggest trafficking hub discovered in the country.

It is believed to be being operated by a group of Chinese. Four of the group members are identified as Quiha Lu, Liangfei Chen, Jimmy Lin and Abbey Ng.

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