Wang Bo, the Chinese fugitive deported recently by the Bureau of Immigration, has turned out to be a small fry, compared to “Mr. Kin Won” who heads an international online gambling empire based in the Philippines.
Mr. Won’s online casino operations constitute roughly 50 percent of the total Internet or online gambling in the country but these are illegal.
According to well-placed sources, this gambling lord has no license to operate from the Cagayan Economic Zone Administration (CEZA).
CEZA is mandated to issue licenses to online gaming companies targeting offshore market while PAGCOR licenses enterprises catering to inland market.
Among Mr. Won’s extensive chain of online casinos are the Happy Wing and the Oriental (OG) group, which have been raided by the immigration authorities for employing illegal aliens, particularly Chinese nationals.
Happy Wing, located at the 22nd floor of PBCOM tower at Ayala Ave. Makati, was raided and shut down two months ago for operating without proper licenses and for employing over a hundred undocumented Chinese.
Surprisingly, the Happy Wing online casino was back in business after a few days at the same building without the license and local permit still.
The Oriental Group (OG), with “call centers” at Eco Plaza at Chino Roces Ave. and at the Burgundy Tower at Buendia Ave., Makati, also hire illegal aliens.
How could the Makati business permits and licensing office (BPLO) allow this unlawful business operation?
“Magkano po kaya nangyari?” asked some legitimate online casino operators operating at the same location.
My sources also disclosed that Mr. Won rakes in “millions of dollars” from his vast online casino chain, which draws tens of millions of (US) dollars each day through money transfers through our local banks.
Well, with this kind of ill-gotten wealth, there is little wonder that Mr. Won can pay off the authorities, particularly those from the Makati BPLO, who should have padlocked the said establishments.
Otherwise, Mr. Won would have been arrested and charged for violating immigration and labor laws, including human trafficking.
Kin Won reportedly owns the Xing Qi Ba online casino which was raided by a joint team of the National Bureau of Immigration (NBI) and the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) at the RCBC building also at Buendia and Ayala Ave., Makati.
At least 200 Chinese were apprehended for working without visa and employment permit. Apparently, Mr. Won has connived with international human traffickers or modern-day slave traders. Yet despite his violations of the law, this gambling lord continues to run his illegal online business, and was even seen in the company of powerful politicians and ranking government officials.
No wonder he is now considered the reigning online gambling lord in the country.
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Illegal gambling collector drops general’s name
It has been an “open season” for illegal gambling operations, as well, in localities in Laguna province, my undercover assets said.
This is why we sought Chief Supt. Richard Albano, director of the Police Regional Office 4 (CALABARZON), to inquire about the activities of one “Edwin Olasa” alias “Tause,” his alleged collector.
Olasa, according to reports reaching my office, claims that he represents General Albano and collects the weekly tong from the illegal gambling henchmen throughout the province.
This nincompoop likewise brags that he works in the office of Gov. Ramil Hernandez as one of his executive assistants.
Reports say that Olasa tells the gambling operators in the province that failure to remit money for the office of the governor will mean closure of their illegal businesses.
We will dig deeper into this disturbing report, and we hope that the general can shed light on the issue, as well as Gov. Hernandez.
I’ve heard good things about Albano but this one is disgusting! I’m not so sure with Hernandez.