Have you ever suspected that an illegal and very hidden gambling den could be operating in your local community, even right next door to you? Recently in the city of Parañaque, three Chinese nationals and one local were arrested by law enforcers as a result of a raid on a gambling den located within Barangay Moonwalk, according to a Manila Bulletin news report.
To put things in perspective, posted below is the excerpt from the Manila Bulletin report. Some parts in boldface…
Three Chinese nationals and a Filipina believed to be behind the operation of a gambling den were arrested in Paranaque City by members of the Southern Police District (SPD) Special Operation Unit (DSOU), District Intelligence Division (DID), and Paranaque police Sub-Station 6 on Sunday, April 10.
Brig. Gen. Jimili Macaraeg, SPD Director, identified the suspects as Zhiong Whang, 50; Feng Menzhen, 46; Li Yue Cai, 46; maintainer and owner of the gambling den, and Charisse Escario, 20, attendant.
The suspects are now detained at the SPD custodial facility and were charged with violation of PD 1602 as amended by RA 9287 (Illegal Gambling).
Macaraeg said the suspects were arrested at about 5 p.m. at the second floor of a convenience mart located on Jerusalem St., Multinational Village, Barangay Moonwalk, Paranaque City.
He said a joint operation for the arrest of the suspects was made after receiving a letter of request from homeowners asking for police assistance on the illegal activities of the suspects.
The SPD chief said members of the DSOU, DID, and Paranaque police Sub-Station 6 swooped down on the place and confirmed the illegal gambling operation that led to the arrest of the suspects.
Macaraeg said Zhiong Wang and Feng Menzhen were caught in the act of playing in the slot machine.
The above report ended stating that the operatives recovered three fishing slot machine (Philippine version of video karera), money exchange machines, 74 slot machine game cards, 600 silver tokens, and 24 red steel chairs.
Let me end this piece by asking you readers: If you are living in Parañaque City, are you concerned that someone in your local community could be secretly operating something illegal like a gambling den or a drug den? Do you consider illegal gambling a major problem in the city? Whenever you see Chinese nationals flocking to a certain place within your local community, do you often become suspicious about what they could be doing behind closed doors? Do you believe that Chinese nationals spending time in Parañaque add to local crime incidents?
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