181 Chinese nationals arrested over charges of being involved with illegal offshore gambling have undergone inquest proceedings at the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group in Central Visayas (CIDG-7) office in Cebu City.
The Prosecutor 2 Sheilamar Saliganan-Abadia, told reporters that the inquest proceedings being carried out at CIDG-7 office is legal and that the foreign nationals are not being given any special treatment.
“It is for practical reasons and security reasons also that we conduct inquest proceedings here in CIDG,” said Abadia.
Earlier this week, the Philippines Bureau of Immigration (BI) also deported a South Korean fugitive who was on a run after facing online gambling charges back in Seoul.
The arrested Chinese nationals are facing charges of violating the country’s gambling laws and also orchestrating cybercrime.
Last weekend, the CIDG-7 officials raided a 12-story building in Barangay Mactan, Lapu-Lapu City busting an illegal offshore online gambling company named Xin Huang Jin Cheng. Following the raid, 112 Chinese nationals working for the company were arrested.
Offshore gambling in the Philippines has been attacked by the Chinese officials recently as they demanded that the Philippines should ban all types of online and offshore gambling.
However, following a recent meeting with the Chinese premier Xi Jinping, President Rodrigo Duterte said that he would not ban online gambling in the country.