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300 more Chinese arrested in crackdown

September 18, 2019 - Wednesday 12:09 AM by Agence France Presse

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Manila | AFP | -- Immigration agents, backed by troops, have arrested more than 300 Chinese for alleged cyber crimes a week after a similar number were detained during a raid linked to investment fraud.

The Bureau of Immigration late Tuesday said 324 Chinese nationals were arrested in Puerto Princesa City, Palawan during Monday's operation.

"Aliens were reportedly rounded up in eight hotels and establishments where they were caught in the act of doing their illegal activities," the bureau said in a press release.

It quoted Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente as saying the detainees, most of whom appeared to be undocumented, will undergo deportation proceedings.

Morente added that his bureau will continue to root out illegal aliens, especially those engaged in "unauthorized online gaming activities, cyber fraud and investment scams that prey on unsuspecting victims who are mostly abroad."

Last Friday, authorities said police arrested 277 Chinese nationals in a raid on a gang wanted over a vast investment fraud that cost victims in China millions of dollars.

Agents swooped on an office building in the capital Manila to take four suspects into custody in connection with the 100 million yuan ($14 million) scam, but said they stumbled on many more "conducting illegal online operations."

Monday's raids in Palawan stemmed from reports made by local officials about the presence of illegal Chinese workers in Puerto Princesa, the immigration bureau's acting intelligence chief Fortunato Manahan said in the statement. Agence France-Presse

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