OPERATIVES of the Bureau of Immigration and the Philippine National Police (PNP) have arrested over a thousand Chinese nationals found engaging in online gambling and cybersex activities at the Clark Special Economic Zone in Pampanga.
The Chinese workers, who allegedly did not possess work permits and visas, were rounded up on Thursday by immigration and police officers inside a posh rest and recreation center at Clark, following a surveillance operation.
Video aired by GMA News showed the roundup at Clark, quoting authorities as saying the Chinese workers were operating online gambling and sex sites, using pornographic videos for the latter.
“As of 2 a.m. today, our immigration unit have counted a total of 1,240 Chinese nationals arrested in the operation,” Immigration Commissoner Jaime Morente said on Friday.
Immigration officers were still verifying their passports.
In its report to Morente, the bureau’s Fugitive Search Unit said the operation against the Chinese workers happened at Fontana resort, involving police units led by Angeles City police chief Sr. Supt. Sidney Villaflor.
The workers were detained in an undisclosed location guarded by the elite PNP Special Action Force.
Fugitive unit chief Jose Carlitos Licas said the suspects faced deportation.
“We are now checking their documents. If they are undocumented or illegally working in the country, they will be subjected to deportation proceedings,” Licas said.