NBI nabs 5 Korean nationals, 12 others for illegal gambling

MANILA – The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) on Friday announced the arrest of 17 persons, including five Korean Nationals for illegal gambling in a separate operations in Pasig City and Manila.

NBI Director Dante A. Gierran said the Korean nationals were arrested on May 16 based on a Search Warrant for violation of PD 1602 (Prescribing Stiffer Penalties on Illegal Gambling) in relation to Section 6 of R.A. 10175 (Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012).

Gierran identified the Koreans as Cheonjii Kim, Ilhwan Yang, Wonsup Yang, Jeong Hyok Kim, and Moon Kyu Kang, the suspected operator of an administrator web page for online sports betting, sports toto and online casino.

He said the suspects used such kind of modus to facilitate money laundering activities.

The NBI agents, in coordination with PNP personnel, caught the suspects in act of operating illegal gambling in an exclusive subdivision.

Unregistered operations such as this withhold our government (PAGCOR) millions of pesos in revenue. They are in effect robbing from the Philippine government.

PAGCOR called on all illegal gambling operators recently to register and obtain license to make their operations legitimate.

Charges for violation of PD 1602 (Prescribing Stiffer Penalties On Illegal Gambling) in relation to RA 10175 (CyberCrime Prevention Act of 2012) will be filed against the arrested Koreans with an expected penalty of Prison Mayor or 6 years and 1 day to 12 years if found guilty by the Philippine Court.

Meanwhile, the operatives of Anti-Organized Transnational Crime Division (NBI-AOTCD) arrested 12 individuals for illegal gambling at a suspected bookie joints in Sta. Cruz, Manila.

NBI identified the suspects as George Reyes, supervisor; Rolan Allan De Leon, Editha Silvestre Chan, Jim Philip, Cesar Concha, Antonio Adriano, Benito Hao Dy, Bonifacio Orolfo Arboleda Jr., Roland Tuano Ortega, Sanny Bello Bobares, Eric Cunanan Dela Cruz, Christian De Guzman and Chua Chie Ben. Christopher Lloyd T. and Claire Guillen /PNA-northboundasia.com