90 Chinese nationals arrested in Cavite for violating quarantine protocols

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 31) — Authorities arrested 90 Chinese nationals in Bacoor City, Cavite on Friday night for violating quarantine protocols amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The police operation was prompted by reports of Chinese nationals frequently seen loitering in front of an apartelle in Bacoor City, without wearing upper garments and face masks, and disregarding physical distancing protocols mandated by the Inter-Agency Task Force.

Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) Anti-Organized Crime Unit detectives were dispatched to the area, later identified as the Mariche Apartelle in Brgy. Mabolo 1, Bacoor City, Cavite.

The police said a large group of Chinese men ran inside the apartelle when they saw the responding officers coming, prompting the police to enter the building. Inside, authorities said they found several Chinese nationals disregarding quarantine protocols, with some allegedly engaged in illegal online gambling.

Ninety Chinese nationals and two Malaysians were arrested. Police said 48 of them claimed to work for an online gaming company, but failed to provide pertinent records such as passports and working permits.

Seized in the operation were ₱5.3 million in cash, 53 laptops, 102 cellphone units, a passport, and a keyboard, the police added.

The foreign nationals are currently detained at the said apartelle in Bacoor City while authorities process the evidence for proper documentation and investigation.

The arrested foreigners face a number of charges, including violation of Republic Act 11332, or the Mandatory Reporting of Notifiable Diseases and Health Events of Public Health Concern Act, and Presidential Decree 1602, which prescribes stiffer penalties on illegal gambling as amended by RA 9287, both in relation to RA 10175 or the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012.