By: Denz Laguipo
THE National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) chief on Friday (October 28) vowed to end illegal online gambling operations in Metro Manila as the business appeared to be being used as front of illegal drug trade in the region.
Chief Supt. Oscar Albayalde told the NCRPO Press Club that his men will not stop haunting down illegal online gambling business being operated by Chinese after NCRPO’s anti-illegal unit arrested 60 foreigners, 51 of them Chinese, in an online gambling establishment on Wednesday night.
NCRPO’s Regional Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Task Group (RAIDSOTG) swooped down in one of the units in the 15th Floor of a building in Ayala Avenue, Makati City on Wednesday night where the police unit has arrested 60 foreigners.
Albayalde said RAIDSOTG’s operation was originally intended to arrest a certain Zang Hai Long and 41 others due to their supposed involvement in drug trafficking.
Long’s and the several others’ presence at the online gambling was tipped off by Chinese individuals to the NCRPO, he said.
The arrested suspects were only carrying tourist visas, meaning their presence in the Philippines is for that purpose alone.
Because of the result of the RAIDSTOG’s successful operation, Albayalde stressed that there is a big possibility that there are Chinese individuals who are using online gaming business ventures as front of illegal drug transactions.
Thus, Albayalde ordered the RAIDSTOG to also look into the online gaming business in Metro Manila as they were probably put up as front of illegal drug trade.