Joint anti-criminality effort of the Regional Special Operations Group of NCRPO under the leadership of its Regional Director, PMGEN DEBOLD M SINAS together with elements from SPD District Intelligence Division and Special Operations Unit, PNP-SOSIA, RCSU-NCR, CIDG-SPD and Makati City Police Station in coordination with the Makati City Hall BPLO and Brgy. Olympia Makati City conducted a police operation against an illegal POGO located in the 4th floor, inside room numbers 402, 403, 404, 405, 406 and 409 of a building in No. 8884, Obrero St., Brgy. Olympia, Makati City yesterday, 5th day of May, 2020 at about 11:30 AM.
The operation stemmed from an information from a confidential informant who personally arrived at RSOG office to report an alleged on-line gambling activity in the above mentioned address operated by one Chinese personality identified as XIAO BAO.
Consequently, a case validation and surveillance operation was conducted to verify the veracity of the report.
In a certification from the Business Permit Office of Makati City, it was established that the business entity located at No. 8884 Obrero St. Brgy. Olympia Makati City was not registered.
Further, its continuous operation violates the PAGCOR order suspending all Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators (POGO) and all its service providers for the duration of the enhanced community quarantine in Luzon to contain the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
Hence, after establishing reasonable grounds to believe that there is indeed a violation of law, an operation was plotted against XIAO BAO and his employees for violation of Republic Act 11332.
Arrested during the operation were 63 Chinese Nationals and 13 Filipino employees while the initial target of the operation and alleged owner of the business entity known under the name “XIAO BAO” remains to be at large.
Recovered during the operation are the following items:
a. Seventy five (75) pieces of different brands of LAPTOP;
b. Thirteen (13) pieces of keyboards and mouse
c. Four Hundred Fourteen (414) pieces of cellphones
d. Fifty one (51) pieces of internet modems
e. Eleven (11) Chinese Passports
f. Twenty (23) pieces of Identification Cards
g. Philippine Cash Money amounting to One Hundred Fifteen thousand and two hundred pesos (Php 115, 200) in different denominations
h. Six (6) boxes assorted computer cable and wires
i. Forty (42) pieces white adaptor
j. One (1) Check booklet from Security Bank
k. Three (3) small boxes containing globe cellphone load card
l. Two (2) pieces monitor
m. One (1) speaker
n. Thirty Eight (38) pieces of foreign currency amounting to (126 Chinese Yuan/16 US Dollar).
Investigation as well as inventory of the seized pieces of evidence was immediately facilitated while the arrested persons were temporarily detained inside the custodial facility at Camp Bagong Diwa, Bicutan, Taguig City.
The case was referred for e-inquest proceedings before the Manila City Prosecutors Office. Among others, the suspects will face charges for violation of Section 9 para (d) (Non-cooperation of persons and entities that should report and/or respond to notifiable disease or health events of public concern), PD 1602 (Prescribing stiffer penalties on illegal gambling) as amended by RA 9287 (An act increasing the penalties for illegal number games amending certain provision of PD 1602 and for other purposes) in relation to section 6 of RA 10175 (Cybercrime prevention act of 2012) and Article 151 of RPC.
“We would like to reiterate our plea for cooperation from all the people in the Metro including our foreign friends who are staying here to please observe due compliance to all existing laws especially the further extended ECQ protocols to alleviate the difficulties brought by this pandemic not just to our frontliners but to each of us alike. A lot has changed from the way we live our lives before and there is no way for us to conquer this battle against the unseen but through collaborated concerted effort. We are all in this together. Please, let’s all work together to heal as one nation, said PMGEN DEBOLD M SINAS.