China has called for fair and just treatment of Chinese nationals arrested in raids on illegal online gambling rings in the country.
Recently, the authorities arrested 324 Chinese nationals in Puerto Princesa, Palawan.
In a media briefing in Beijing, Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Geng Shuang said: “The Chinese embassy in the Philippines stays in close contact with the Philippine side, asking them to handle that fairly and justly in accordance with the law and safeguard the humanitarian treatment and legal rights and interests of the Chinese citizens involved.”
Last month, China asked the Philippines to put a complete ban on all online gambling operations in the country. The statement came after Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (Pagcor) suspended the acceptance of fresh applications for Philippine off-shore gaming operators (Pogos).
However, after a recent meeting with the Chinese president Xi Jinping, Philippines’ top leader Xi Jinping said that he would not ban online offshore gambling in the country.
In the Philippines, several gambling related-kidnappings and crime has been linked to offshore online gambling operations. As such, there have been demands from within the Philippines as well to completely ban all online gambling.
Recently, Philippine Senator Leila De Lima has called for a ban on offshore online gambling. She urged President Rodrigo Duterte to accept the suggestion of Chinese president Xi Jinping.