burgeoning Chinese presence in the Philippines is generating a new and
dangerous industry – loan sharking and gambling-related kidnappings of
Chinese, according to a 44-page report by a Philippines-based risk
kidnappings, almost all by their own countrymen with the occasional aid
of the odd Filipino criminal or cop, are obscured somewhat in the report
by kidnappings across the country by the communist New People’s Army
and the Muslim Abu Sayyaf in southern Mindanao. In addition, kidnappings
by suspected or rogue government forces or police have risen
dramatically, according to the report, particularly in the national
capital region. Other reports indicate that rogue police activity has risen sharply in connection with President Rodrigo Duterte’s drug war.
according to the report, available only to subscribers by the firm,
which asked to remain anonymous, kidnapping for ransom thrives in the
Philippines partly “because of the alleged direct and indirect
participation of influential local government officials. Corrupt
government officials acting as instigators or protectors of the
syndicates intercede in cases filed against syndicate members, allowing
the suspects to escape, while some act as negotiators. Often, the
involvement of corrupt local officials makes it more difficult for the
police to pursue syndicate members.”
Paranaque area has over the past several years burgeoned with gigantic
casinos, drawing kidnap-for-ransom schemes and loan shark syndicates
operating in and around them, particularly in the so-called
“Entertainment City” area as the broad, flat landfill plain fronting
Manila Bay has sprouted intensive construction. Ninoy Aquino
International Airport is nearby.
four million Chinese nationals, including those from Hong Kong and
Taiwan, have flooded into the Philippines as tourists since 2016 as
President Rodrigo Duterte has opened the tourism floodgates. And, with
Macau – the world’s biggest gaming destination – now closely watched by
Chinese authorities in a campaign to deter corrupt officials from
streaming in to gamble away government funds – the Philippines has
become a go-to destination for bureaucrats with hot money.
addition, nearly 23,000 Chinese nationals have been given visas to work
in the country’s huge offshore gaming industry as the gaming companies
migrate across the South China Sea from Macau and the prying eyes of Xi
Jinping’s anti-corruption police.
those whose presence is also increasing, according to the Philippine
Drug Enforcement Agency, are the 14K and Sun Yee On triads, which are
mostly involved in money laundering, arms dealing and illegal drugs. The
triads have thrived in Filipino Chinese areas for decades. In addition,
the Taiwan-based United Bamboo Gang is said to be one of the top
suppliers of shabu, as methamphetamine is known in the country.
persistent year-on-year increase in kidnappings of Chinese gamblers,
apparently by Chinese gangs, has led an outraged Duterte to describe the
44-hectare Okada Manila casino as a nest of kidnappers, ordering police
to stay away from the giant facility. “I’d like to announce, all of you
police should get out of there. It’s crawling with usurers,
kidnappers,” he said in Tagalog. “If I pass by there and I see you, I’ll
run you over,” he said, threatening to dismiss any policeman he saw
near the casino.
who has become increasingly disenchanted with the gaming industry and
the influx of Chinese operators, late last year fired Nayong Pilipino
Foundation officials for entering into a lease contract with a Chinese
to the report, at least 26 kidnap-for-ransom cases involving Chinese in
2018, 14 of them casino-related. But, according to the firm, it’s
likely that there were far more than that, because often the victims
don’t notify authorities, especially if they involve casino debt.
numerous cases, syndicate members seek out casino patrons that are
losing and offer to ‘finance’ (bank-roll) the gambler,” according to the
report. “If the gambler continues on a losing streak, the syndicate
members will forcibly detain the victim (usually in high-end hotel
rooms), and contact their relatives seeking repayment of the gambling
victims are taken from casinos, the report continues. In a few
instances, syndicate members abducted the victims from other locations –
the victim’s home in one case – before detaining them in casino hotels.
In some cases, but not all, victims have been beaten or otherwise
tortured during their detainments.
incidents appear to exclusively target foreigners,” the report said. “In
a majority of cases, the victims are detained by members of their own
i just connected everything together.1.) The money that the country is using to build whatever right now is loaned by CHina to us with ???? interest rates. (aka debt trap loans)2.) Attached with the loan are conditions such as getting rid of American military. Hence why the joint base agreement ni ABn07 is cancelled by PDuts.3.) Without the americans, the chinese can easily take over our fishing grounds and further build their island. 4.) The BIG Projects such as Skyways, are given to a few companies, who then source their materials and manpower from China. Hence illegal chinese workers ni PDuts, that he welcomes with open arms. 5.) the smaller projects such as road constructions in Davao, etc go to Bong Go's family. kaya walang natatapos na trabaho dahil they took as much projects as they can, dahil hindi naman sila qualified to get those projects to begin with. Or yung questionable company from Bulacan.6.) Yung Manila bay project that costs 47 billion to clean up, tingin mo walang cut sila pduts doon? LoLs. 7.) In otherwords, kaya he favors china is because malaki ang cut nila pduts sa "loans" na nangaling from china.
President Rodrigo Duterte is looking the other way at reports that
thousands of illegal Chinese workers have flooded the Philippines.
envoy to China Ramon Tulfo said has taken an open-mind approach to
fears that illegal Chinese workers were robbing Filipinos of jobs at
home because a crackdown could lead to a backlash on illegal Filipinos
working in China.
“If you think that you are at a loss, you are at
a disadvantage because there are so many Chinese nationals working
here, remember we have the same equal amount of people of Filipinos who
are there working in China,” he said.
the Chinese illegal workers in the country who are employed in the
construction and gaming industries, Digong said the government takes a
tolerant attitude,” said Tulfo who was among the few select guests in
Duterte’s birthday treat to his partner, Honeylet Avancena, in Hong Kong
“The President said there were many Filipino workers
who are illegally employed in China, but the Chinese government
tolerates their stay as long as they’re not committing any crime,” Tulfo
President Rodrigo Duterte on Saturday
said he cannot simply deport Chinese workers in the Philippines as he is
looking out for some 300,000 Filipinos working in China.
mga Chinese dito, hayaan mo 'yan na dito magtrabaho, hayaan mo. Bakit?
We have 300,000 Filipinos in China," the president said in a speech
during a campaign rally of his political party PDP-Laban in Biñan City,
MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte took a tolerant stance on the influx of Chinese workers in the Philippines.
In his speech at the PDP-Laban event in Laguna, the President said
that the number of illegal Chinese workers in the country "equals" the
number of undocumented Filipino workers in China.
"'Yung mga Chinese dito,
hayaan mo 'yan na dito magtrabaho. Hayaan mo. Bakit? We have 300,000
Filipinos in China kaya hindi ako makasabi, 'Oh, umalis kayo dito.
Deport ka doon,'" Duterte said.
(Allow the Chinese work here. Let them be. Why? We have 300,000
Filipinos in China that's why I can't say, "Oh, leave this country.
We'll have you deported.")
Duterte then posed the question: "Eh kung umalis 'yung [300,000] of them?" (What if the 300,000 of them were asked to leave?)
The Philippine consulate-general in Hong Kong earlier estimated that 200,000 OFWs are working as maids in mainland China, with most of the workers recruited from Hong Kong.
Meanwhile, industry insiders estimated that there are some 100,000 to
250,000 Chinese nationals employed illegally in the country.
In his recent opinion piece on Manila Times,
Special Envoy to China Ramon Tulfo described Duterte's stance on
illegal Chinese workers as "tolerant." Tulfo wrote the piece after he
met with the President, who visited Hong Kong for a "family trip" mid-February.
"The President said there were many Filipino workers who are
illegally employed in China, but the Chinese government tolerates their
stay as long as they're not committing any crime," Tulfo said.
Rise of Chinese nationals in the Philippines
In November 2018, ABS-CBN reported that the President approved of the deportation of illegal Chinese workers, but should be done "carefully."
Duterte said then that China "has not deported" any illegal Filipino
workers yet, citing possible backlash if there would be a government
crackdown on undocumented Chinese workers in the Philippines.
But lawmakers and various groups raised alarm over the influx of
Chinese workers in the country who "take away" the jobs meant for
Filipinos. (READ: Gov’t income and jobs for Filipinos ‘lost’ to Chinese workers – Villanueva)
From 2015 to 2018, Department of Labor and Employment had issued
169,893 alien working permits (AEP), 85,496 of which went to Chinese
workers. (READ: How China’s online gambling addiction is reshaping Manila)
AEPs, valid up to 3 years, are required to get a working visa in the country.
MANILA, Philippines – China has warned the Philippines that
recklessly deporting Chinese workers might affect the status of Filipino
workers in China, Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo revealed
Panelo issued the statement after President Rodrigo Duterte, in a
speech in Biñan City, Laguna on Sunday, declared that he would allow
Chinese workers to stay in the Philippines following concerns that some
are skirting Philippine labor laws.
Duterte said he could not just order the deportation of Chinese workers in the country.
“The Chinese here, just let them work here. Just let them. Why? We
have 300,000 Filipinos in China. That’s why I cannot just say, leave. I
will deport you. What if the 300,000 (Filipinos in China) are suddenly
kicked out?” he said.
Asked about the President’s fear that China might initiate
retaliatory measures, Panelo said it was what Chinese Ambassador Zhao
Jianhua told him over a recent dinner if the deportation of Chinese
workers is done “not in accordance with law” and “if we do it
“In fact, that is what the Chinese ambassador told me during dinner,” he said.
“That if this government will just deport Chinese not in accordance
with law then we will also do the same. That’s tit for tat,” he added
where does he have the numbers that we have 300k filipinos in china?
Metro Manila (February 26, CNN Philippines) —
Malacañang assured illegal Chinese workers of due process before
deportation proceedings are applied against them, the presidential
spokesperson said Tuesday.
Salvador Panelo said in a media
briefing Tuesday the President is cautious about the plight of thousands
of Filipino illegally working in China who may face similar arbitrary
immigration proceedings in case the government does the same for Chinese
"Ang sinasabi ni Presidente, we have 300,000 Filipinos illegally working there (China). Eh kung bigla mong pinauwi 'yun dito, eh 'di nagkaproblema, hindi lang sila, kundi 'yung pamilya nila. Kaya we should tread it cautiously," Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said Tuesday in a Palace press briefing.
What the President is saying, we have 300,000 Filipinos illegally
working there in China. If they are suddenly sent home, then they and
their families would have a problem. That's why we should tread it
He said Chinese Ambassador Zhao Jianhua told him over
dinner that China will also do the same to Filipinos if the government
deports Chinese nationals without due process. The spokesman didn't say
when the dinner took place.
"If this government will just deport
Chinese, not in accordance with law, then we will also do the same,"
Panelo said, quoting Zhao.
He later on said he and Zhao were only
speaking in "general terms" and that the Chinese ambassador was not
referring to the Philippines.
Panelo then said the law protects legal foreign workers.
immigration laws will be strictly enforced against anyone who violates
it ... Chinese workers with working permits, they will be protected
because they have been given the green light to work here," he said.
to government data, almost 400 foreign nationals were arrested last
year, 304 of whom were Chinese nationals either overstaying or working
The Labor department is eyeing stricter penalties against companies that continue to hire illegal foreign workers.