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Singapore lauds PNP for POGO hub raid

July 8, 2023 Alfred P. Dalizon 253 views

THE Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Singapore this week commended the Philippine National Police for spearheading an anti-human trafficking raid on a POGO hub in Las Piñas City.

Four Singaporeans were among the more than 1,000 other Asians rescued during the raid.

The Singapore government has verified the identities of the four rescued and now on the process of confirming their status as POGO workers.

The Singapore Embassy also extended assistance to the four to ensure their welfare and offered support for them.

PNP chief General Benjamin C. Acorda Jr. thanked the Singapore’s Foreign Ministry for their appreciation to their successful anti-trafficking raids last week.

He added that the Singapore government significantly contributed to the success of the operation and the safeguarding of innocent lives.

Both the Philippines and Singapore are founding members of the ASEAN Chiefs of National Police (ASEANAPOL), a body that comprises all national police forces of the 10 ASEAN-member states.

The PNP chief said that the Philippine government and Singapore demonstrate the collective determination of all ASEAN member-countries in addressing transnational criminal activities through international cooperation and mutual support.

He reiterated the PNP’s unyielding efforts to eradicate human trafficking and dismantle illegal operations will not wane.

“Upholding the principles of the rule of law, the PNP remains dedicated to ensuring the safety and security of all individuals regardless of their nationality and seeks justice for the victims involved,” Acorda said.

As of press time, the PNP Anti-Cybercrime Group is continuing its implementation of the warrant to search, seize and examine data at XinChuang Network Technologies, the raided alleged POGO hub, at 501 Alabang-Zapote, Almanza Uno, Las Piñas.

Four Chinese and two Taiwanese arrested in the raid were found to be wanted for a number of criminal offence in China and Taiwan.

The four have been turned over to the Bureau of Immigration for deportation proceedings.

As part of the investigation, a total of 63 vaults have been opened to determine the area of operations of the POGO hub.

The inventory of recovered items was managed by the PNP-ACG and witnessed by Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC) representatives and barangay officials.

With Marlon Purificacion