Duterte Cabinet to discuss POGO hubs near military camps

Marje Pelayo   •   August 20, 2019   •   631

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte is not bothered by Philippine offshore gaming operators (POGO) hubs constructed near military camps nor by allegations that Chinese nationals could be spying against the government.

According to Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo, the government has enough intelligence gathering and the President believes that the proximity of POGO hubs to military camps is not a matter of concern since the practice of spying has been brought to a higher level with the introduction of high technology.

“He’s not worried because we have the intelligence capability of knowing what they are doing. We have that capability sabi nga ni Presidente (as what the President said),” Panelo noted.

President Duterte also believes, according to Panelo, that all countries have long been spying on one another.

Also, Panelo cited the position of the National Security Adviser that the Philippine government would be able to monitor closely the activities of such POGO hubs if they are near military camps.

Nevertheless, Malacañang made certain that the matter will be discussed during the upcoming meeting of Cabinet officials especially since Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana expressed concern about it.

Meanwhile, the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) has stopped accepting license applications for POGO firms which the President supports.

“Until the President reverses the stand of PAGCOR, that remains to be the policy, because the President always respects heads of departments and offices to do their duty and undertaking,” Panelo concluded. – MNP (with details from Rosalie Coz)

MPD probes 25 Chinese nationals in foiled attempts to get COVID jabs

Marje Pelayo   •   April 6, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Manila Police District (MPD) is investigating 25 Chinese nationals who allegedly attempted to get coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine shots by presenting dubious medical certificates in various vaccination sites in the city.

MPD Chief BGen Leo Francisco said they are still evaluating if the medical certificates were authentic or not.

Based on MPD’s spot report released on Sunday (April 4), 19 Chinese were questioned in Ermita Station and six others in Tondo trying to get vaccinated using questionable medical certificates.

Francisco said some of the Chinese were tourists who don’t speak Filipino or English and are not from Manila.

However, Francisco said they are still evaluating if the medical certificates presented were authentic or not.

He said the Chinese nationals registered via Manila’s www.manilacovid19vaccine.ph and got QR (quick response) codes.

Francisco said the Manila Health Department (MHD) asked for police assistance.

On Monday, the MPD sent letters to the Chinese Embassy and to the Bureau of Immigration (BI) to ask for more information about the apprehended Chinese nationals.

A letter was also sent to the Professional Regulation Commission to get details on the signatory in the medical certificates.

MPD arrests 6 Chinese, 3 Filipinos for fake certificate during COVID-19 vaccination

Aileen Cerrudo   •   April 5, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—The Manila Police District (MPD) has arrested six Chinese nationals and three Filipinos for presenting fake medical certificates during vaccination for coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

On Sunday (April 4), local authorities accosted the said individuals for their fake medical certificates during a vaccination rollout in Sergio Osmeña High School Gagalangin Tondo, Manila.

The police identified the six Chinese nationals as Shi Jialiang, 34 years old; Dong Cai Y Yang, 48 years old; Manuel Chan Y Ong, 49 years old; Jessebele Ong Chan Chua, 43 years old; Hong Hong Yi, and Hing Yuen. 

Meanwhile, the three Filipinos were identified as Aune Loresto, 19 years old; Jolina Deonila, 19 years old; and Deolita Malguita Jr., 27 years old.

Local authorities say the individuals were brought to Police Station 1 Investigation Section for proper disposition. AAC

Immigration Bureau bars entry of 17 Chinese nationals

Aileen Cerrudo   •   February 22, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—The Bureau of Immigration (BI) has barred the entry of 17 Chinese nationals from two separate flights due to inconsistent statements.

The Immigration Bureau reported that the 16 Chinese nationals were intercepted at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 3.

They came on board a Pan Pacific Airlines flight from Zhengzhou, China. During the interview, the bureau said they were providing inconsistent statements and failed to establish their purpose of travel.

BI Intelligence Division Chief Fortunato Manahan, Jr., the 16 were allegedly sponsored by a tech company in the Philippines.

“Their purpose was very doubtful, and they gave conflicting statements, hence they were denied entry to the country,” he said.

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A Chinese man who arrived from Bangkok, Thailand was also intercepted.

The BI reported that the man claimed to be affiliated with a solar energy company in the Philippines, but was unable to prove his purpose.

“All 17 were excluded and boarded on the next available flight back to their port of origin, and their names were included in the Bureau’s blacklist,” the Immigration Bureau said. AAC


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