PNP-ACG nabs 15 Chinese, Filipino nationals in illegal online gambling

MANILA — The Philippine National Police Anti-Cyber crime Group (PNP-ACG) has arrested 15 Chinese nationals and a Filipino allegedly involved in illegal online gambling in Pasig City.

The suspects were arrested inside an ordinary-looking office in an 18-floor building in Pasig City on Monday night.

The PNP-ACG started to monitor the company identified as YD International Incorporated (YD International) after receiving an information that it was operating an illegal virtual games in their office in Pasig City.

By virtue of a search warrant issued by the Pasig City Regional Trial Court (RTC), the PNP-ACG operatives raided the office of YD International and discovered that it was a haven of an illegal online gambling.

PNP-ACG spokesman Supt. Jay Guillermo said YD International is not a registered company and that it operates in such a way that a player makes a bet online, but before making the bet, an account connected to a bank should be opened and the money is automatically deducted or added.

The owners of the company identified as Jonah Tee and Mica Wang were nowhere to be found when the PNP-ACG raided YD International’s office.

However, their personnel, composed of 15 Chinese and a Filipino were arrested.

The arrested Chinese will undergo verification, especially so that they are using tourist visa.

They are facing a case for violation of Republic Act No. 10175, or the “Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012”.

The computer sets, camera and scanner, modems and network routers, mobile phones, digital storage, bank cards and other documents inside YD International’s office were confiscated and will undergo examination.

The YD International has been operating in the raided building for the past two years.

The PNP-ACG is now determining whether the building administrator is liable for the illegal online gambling.