TUGUEGARAO CITY, Cagayan, Aug. 6 (PIA) - - Seventy-five Chinese nationals and three Filipinos were arrested of illegal gambling recently by the joint forces of the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI).
PNP region 2 Director Brigadier General Crizaldo O. Nieves reported that the individuals were arrested by virtue of a search warrant in a hotel located at Sitio Rafat, Barangay Rapuli in Sta Ana town.
He said the OFA Cagayan Estate Developer Corporation owned by a certain Frank Yu, registered and accredited as a Real Estate Developer was used as front for illegal online gambling activities.
Nieves said the corporation have failed to secure any permit or license to operate for online gambling activities.
"During the conduct of police operation, the owner of the said Corporation, Mr. Frank Yu, was not present in the said place but he will be subjected to police operation," Nieves said.
Confiscated during the operation were 48 units of computer laptops, eight units of computer desktop, one mother server, two inverters, eight extension wires and one router - the equipment that were used for the illegal web-based gambling.
He also said marking, inventory and photograph of the confiscated pieces of evidence were conducted in the presence of the Chinese nationals and witnessed by media representatives and barangay officials.
Nieves commended the operating personnel for the successful conduct of police operations.
"The arrest of the said Chinese nationals is part of our intensified campaign against illegal gambling and part of our all-out war against all forms of illegal activities in Region 2," he added.
The arrested suspects and pieces of evidence confiscated were already brought to Sta. Ana police station for documentation and proper disposition.
Cases for violation of Presidential Decree 1602 as amended by RA 9287 or Illegal Gambling law in relation to Section 6, Chapter 2 of RA 10175 or the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012 are now being prepared for filing in court against the said suspects. (BME/OTB/PIA-Cagayan with reports from PRO2-RPIO)