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Pasaway talaga! De Lima to PNP: ‘Chinese desks’ not enough to curb crime surge

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The Philippine National Police (PNP) must intensify its crackdown against Chinese criminals amid reports of possible presence of Chinese syndicates in the country.

Senator Leila de Lima made the call as she expressed alarm over the rise in criminal activities involving Chinese nationals in the country.

“This could worsen if authorities fail to step up their campaign against Chinese offenders. Huwag sanang maliitin ang isyung ito ng ating mga awtoridad,” de Lima said.

She urged newly-appointed PNP Chief Lt. Gen. Archie Gamboa maintained to go beyond establishing a “Chinese desk” to curb the rising crime committed by Chinese nationals in the Philippines.

“Our authorities cannot just designate a ‘Chinese desk’ to receive complaints. They need to have concrete action plans on how to go after the members of big-time Chinese syndicates here,” she said.

Gamboa has announced his plan to establish Chinese desks in which technical working groups from both the Philippine and Chinese governments would be created supposedly to stop the rising trend of crimes involving Chinese nationals in the country.

“Hindi makatarungan na sinasakop at inaangkin na nga ng Tsina ang ating mga teritoryo, patuloy pang inaagrabyado at binibiktima ng mga kriminal at sindikatong Tsino ang mga Pilipino,” de Lima said.

De Lima noted that Chinese nationals in the Philippines have been involved in various criminal activities ranging from kidnapping for ransom, extortion, rape, torture, illegal drugs, prostitution, tax evasion and large-scale investment scam, and violation of immigration laws among other fraudulent schemes, in the past six months.

In 2019 alone, the Bureau of Immigration (BI) recorded the arrest of 421 criminal-foreigners, which included 324 Chinese nationals.

It also recorded last year the arrest of 2,257 erring foreigners, 1,577 of whom were Chinese.

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