13 Taiwanese, 2 Chinese, 7 Filipinos nabbed in Ilocos Norte for telecom fraud

Phone hack scam

CAMP BGEN OSCAR M FLORENDO – Region 1 police together with the operatives of the Anti-Cybercrime Group and Drug Enforcement Group of the Philippine National Police arrested 13 Taiwanese, two Chinese and seven Filipino helpers in a warehouse located along the Ilocos Norte-Abra road in Brgy Medina, Dingras, Ilocos Norte on Wednesday morning of October 24, 2018 for violation of the Anti-Cyber Crime Law (RA 10175).

PCSupt. Sapitula identified the foreign suspects as Wu Pei Yu; Juan Wang; Lien Teng Yu; Chen Feng Tsai; Wei Han Lai; Shao Wei Zeng; Zeng Hui; Chiahui Sun; Chin Kai Lai; Jun Zer Chen; Liang Ou Chun; Shao Wei Wu; Jhih Hong Chen; Chin Jen Huang; Shu-Cheng Wu;

The Filipino suspects were identified as Ronald Allan Santos of Valenzuela City; Eduardo Gabutan of Valenzuela City; Christian Gach Malaqui of Sarrat Ilocos Norte; Rocino Velarde of San Jose Del Monte Bulacan ; Edwin Ronquillo of Valenzuela City and Michael Santos of Valenzuela City.

Police Chief Superintendent Romulo E Sapitula, Regional Director of Police Regional Office 1 (PRO1), said the suspects were caught operating telephone fraud targeting residents in mainland China. According to reports, the suspects have been conducting the illegal operation for more than two years.

The raid was initiated by members of the Anti-Cybercrime Group from Camp Crame after they received information from the Chinese police about the illegal phone calls originating from the Philippines. The police confiscated assorted computers, telephones, 52 slot machines, other paraphernalia used in their illegal activities.

The arrest of the suspects came after the implementation of a search warrant issued by Hon. Maria Victoria A Soriano- Villadolid, Presiding Judge of Regional Trial Court Branch 24, Manila against LI HE & other Taiwanese/Chinese nationals.

A similar illegal activity involving telecom fraud was discovered last January, 2018 in Ilocos Sur that led to the arrest of more than 100 Chinese and Taiwanese nationals. (TNM/PNP PRO1 PIO)