56 Chinese nationals arrested in raid of illegal POGO in Makati City

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 6) — Authorities have nabbed 56 Chinese nationals in a residential area in Makati City, which was being used to run an "illegal" offshore gaming firm.

The suspects were arrested at Obrero St., Barangay Olympia on Tuesday, the National Capital Region Police Office said in a spot report.

The police also reported seizing several laptop computers and cellular phones associated with the foreigners’ illegal activities.

The Chinese nationals are currently detained at Camp Bicutan in Taguig City, while the Makati City Police Station is preparing to file a case against them.

The raid comes days after the government allowed Philippine offshore gaming operators.

Metro Manila Police Chief Debold Sinas appealed to foreign nationals to comply with laws and enhanced community quarantine rules.

Sinas said this is to "alleviate the difficulties brought by this pandemic not just to our frontliners but to each of us alike."