Chinese illegal gambling fugitive nabbed in Manila

Posted by DG, Date posted at January 10, 2023

Vigilant officers from the Philippines’ Bureau of Immigration (BI) were able to intercept 22-year-old Zeng Zhanhong, a Chinese fugitive wanted for being part of a criminal syndicate in China’s Shandong province and operating an illegal gambling website.

Immigration boarding line

BI Commissioner Norman Tansingco further revealed that Zeng was sighted aboard an Air China flight to Beijing from the Ninoy Aquino International Airport on Friday, December 27, 2023. This was made possible by alerting immigration officers who processed his departure and discovered that he was the subject of a blue notice from Interpol categorized as being a fugitive from justice. 

The authorities in Beijing were immediately notified of these details and this made Zeng’s arrest possible after landing in Beijing later that same day.  

Tansingco further digressed, “His arrest became possible after the BI made the proper coordination with Chinese authorities in Manila.” 

Tansingco also added that Zeng is reportedly a member of a criminal fraud syndicate in Shandong province and has a standing arrest and detention order. He is accused of operating an illegal gambling website – a serious criminal offense under Chinese law.

These actions were in accordance with China’s recent crackdown on illegal gambling. Another action also included the demolition of Macau’s junket industry following the arrests of former Suncity Group CEO Alvin Chau in late 2021 and Tak Chun Group CEO Levo Chan in early 2022. Both have recently faced Macau’s courts as part of lengthy trials.

Another more recent arrest was of Chen Qiaolin was intercepted at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport aboard a Philippine Airlines flight from Kuala Lumpur on January 2nd. She is accused of illegal online gambling and human trafficking.

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The data from Interpol reflected that Chen is wanted for human trafficking, while the public security bureau of Feixi county in Anhui province in China cites her alleged involvement in telecommunications fraud and illegal online gambling. Furthermore, she’s also charged with forging travel documents of trafficking victims who ‘were able to illegally enter Malaysia, Cambodia and other countries.

Tansingco cited, “we believe that she might be part of an illegal human trafficking syndicate deploying Chinese workers illegally to other Asian countries. Hence her presence in the country poses a threat to Filipinos”.

Further actions on Chen were the exclusion from entering the country and being sent back to Malaysia. Adding her to a blacklist will perpetually bar her from entering the Philippines.  

Kudos to the officers of the Bureau of Immigration. After all, catching these fugitives will not only harbor good ties with other countries but also prevent illegal gambling from operating any further within the Philippines. The ill effects brought about by illegal POGOs truly got negative perceptions solidly entrenched that have caused the legal POGOs cast in a bad light. Let us know your take on this news, too. Just comment down below. Your feedback, insights or reactions keep us going and getting our pages even better. Hope to hear from you guys!


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