In an office building found in Quezon City, located in the Philippines, a raid was called in which 342 Chinese workers were caught. These workers were operating in tandem with an unlicensed gambling company. The raid was commenced after an initiation by the government in an attempt to crack down on illegal gambling operations such as this. Many of the illegal activities operated in the Philippines have been committed by many from the Chinese mainland. All so that they can satiate their own gambling industry.
Ever since gambling operations were officially sanctioned by the Philippine government, they have managed to bring in some hefty revenue for the country, improving the economy while also providing an enjoyable entertainment for its players. However, due to its rise in illegal gambling activity, this has caused serious harm to the overall income that comes from these businesses. This attracts many of the massive intakes in Chinese migrants that have taken advantage of these broken systems. It is reported that weak law enforcement and corruption are to blame.
Illegal operations have been outnumbering the licensed companies by quite a bit, all the while escaping taxes which should be fueling the government. The law enforcement has suspected that these illegal gambling activities could be possible fronts for more serious crimes to be taking place, including money laundering.
The Chief of the Bureau of Immigration’s Intelligence division, Fortunato Manahan, had the following statement regarding the confronted crimes.
“We had reason to suspect that the company is a front for illegal cyber activities and investment scams,” Mr. Manahan said.
Though the Philippine president has had good relations with China, he has refused their concerns to ban gaming operation in their own country compared to their own. Gambling is of course prohibited over there, which is the reason why Chinese migrants have begun their operations here.