231 foreigners rescued from Angeles City POGO; operations shut down

ANGELES CITY – The Angeles City Police Office managed to rescue 231 individuals who were forced to work at a Philippine Offshore Gaming Operator (POGO) in this city, leading to the closure of the establishment, according to reports.

PCol Juritz B. Rara, City Director, said the operation with the Anti-Kidnapping Group (AKG) on September 17, 2022 stemmed from the rescue of 42 Chinese nationals on September 14, 2022, including one Wu Jia Ming, 28, a Chinese from Taguig City who was kidnapped on September 12, 2022 at about 11 PM along Fil-Am Friendship Highway in this city.

Reports said the kidnappers demanded P1 million in exchange for his release.

The city police together with the AKG Clark Satellite Office conducted an investigation on the incident which resulted to the successful rescue of 41 Chinese nationals from the Lucky South 99 Outsourcing Inc. located in Barangay Pampang here.

Upon deeper probe, it was discovered that 190 more Chinese nationals were billeted at the KOA Hotel in Clark Freeport Zone.

The Department of the Interior and Local Government, led by Secretary Benjamin C. Abalos Jr., together with Police Regional Office 3 regional director BGen. Cesar R Pasiwen and Pagcor Enforcement Officer Wilma B. Clores went to the establishment to shut it down, after it was discovered to have an expired license.

According to Abalos, the DILG together with the PNP “will intensify the campaign against all forms of criminals in all levels”.

He said the rescued Chinese nationals will be thoroughly checked by the Bureau of Immigration for proper disposition and ensure they are all in good condition.

Meanwhile, the city police will continue efforts to eradicate all forms of illegal activities and will continue to revitalize its anti-criminality campaigns to ensure public safety and maintain peace and order in Angeles City, in compliance to the directives of Gen Pasiwen to remain steadfast on anti-criminality operations.

ANGELES CITY – The Angeles City Police Office managed to rescue 231 individuals who were forced to work at a Philippine Offshore Gaming Operator (POGO) in this city, leading to the closure of the establishment, according to reports.

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