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Philippine senator wants probe into Chinese influx in part of Metro Manila

Philippine Senator Rafael “Raffy” Tulfo is calling for a Senate investigation into the influx of Chinese nationals in Multinational Village, Parañaque City, Metro Manila.

In a statement released on Wednesday, Tulfo said that he introduced Senate Resolution 1043 following complaints from residents about the increase in the number of Chinese nationals in the area since 2019. Residents are worried about the potential presence of Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators (POGOs) within the upscale gated community.

The senator highlighted reports of overcrowded homes, which violate the village’s regulations.

“Residents say their subdivision now feels like a Chinese territory.”

Raffy Tulfo

Additionally, he called for a review of the country’s immigration laws to address possible loopholes.

Meanwhile, Senator Sherwin Gatchalian filed Senate Resolution 1032, advocating for an investigation into alleged human trafficking and scamming activities within the subdivision.

Gatchalian reported that homeowners are also worried about the increasing number of “suspicious-looking” foreign nationals, particularly in an area known as “City Garden.”

A recent raid on a residence in the village led to the arrest of 10 Chinese nationals suspected of involvement in love and cryptocurrency scams, along with a Filipino bodyguard found with an undocumented firearm.

Gatchalian noted that these individuals are believed to be fugitives from a prior raid on an illegal online gambling compound in Bamban, Tarlac.

“There is a need to identify the lapses and loopholes in government processes and national security that have allowed for increased crimes mostly involving foreign nationals, posing a serious threat to the safety and security of Filipino citizens,” he said.

He stressed the necessity of protecting Filipino citizens from such illegal activities and ensuring adherence to international treaties and conventions related to human trafficking and cybercrime.

Frank Schuengel
Frank Schuengel
Frank Schuengel is an online gambling industry veteran with over twenty years of experience in Europe and Asia. Equally at home in the Isle of Man and the Philippines, he started his career as a sports trader before setting up and running whole operations, and more recently focusing on the regulatory and licensing side of things in the worlds of fiat and crypto eGaming. When he is not writing about gambling topics, he can be found cycling around Manila and advocating sustainable transport solutions for a Philippines based mobility magazine.

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