13 Taiwanese, 2 Chinese, 7 Filipinos arrested for telecommunications fraud in Ilocos Norte

CAMP OSCAR FLORENDO, La Union – Thirteen Taiwanese, 2 Chinese, and 7 Filipino helpers were arrested by personnel of the police’s Anti-Cybercrime Group in Sitio 1 in the village of Medina in Dingras, Ilocos Norte last October 4, for allegedly conducting illegal outbound calls to China, a telecommunications fraud.

Chief Superintendent Romulo E Sapitula, Ilocos regional director of the Philippine National Police1, identified suspects as Wu Pei Yu; Juan Wang; Lien Teng Yu; Chen Feng Tsai; Wei Han Lai; Shao Wei Zeng; Zeng Hui; Chiahui Sun; Chin Kai Lai; Jun Zer Chen; Liang Ou Chun; Shao Wei Wu; Jhih Hong Chen; Chin Jen Huang; Shu-Cheng Wu; Ronald Allan Santos, Eduardo Gabutan, Edwin Ronquillo and Michael Santos, all of Valenzuela City; Christian Gach Malaqui of Sarrat, Ilocos Norte; and Rocino Velarde of San Jose Del Monte Bulacan.

It was not clear who were the Chinese nationals.

The raiding team found at the warehouse various communication equipment like assorted computers, telephones, 52 slot machines, and other paraphernalia including certificates of discharged from jail for violation of Republic Act 9165.

The raid was initiated by members of the Anti-Cybercrime Group from Camp Crame after receiving complaint from the Chinese government on the illegal activity of the suspects.

It was learned that the suspects have been conducting the illegal operation inside the warehouse more than two years ago.

Sapitula said the illegal activity was in violation of Republic Act 10175 or the Anti-Cyber Crime Law. The warrant was issued by Hon. Maria Victoria A Soriano- Villadolid, presiding judge of Regional Trial Court branch 24 in Manila.

All the suspects were brought to Camp Crame while inventory of the confiscated equipment is still being conducted by policemen. Erwin Beleo/Northbound Philippines News