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Taiwan demands deportation of suspected nationals from the Philippines

2018/01/14 21:49:49

Photo courtesy of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in the Philippines

Manila, Jan. 14 (CNA) Taiwan's representative to the Philippines Gary Lin (林松煥) on Sunday confirmed that at least 40 Taiwanese were among the 158 suspects arrested in the Philippines a day earlier for their alleged involvement in fraudulent telecom activities.

The representative office sent staff to the headquarters of the Philippine National Police where the suspects were detained and discovered that two more suspects have Taiwan nationality than initially reported to the office by the Philippine authorities, Lin said.

Lin said he has demanded the Philippines deport the suspects, most of whom are believed to be from China, based on their nationality, with Taiwan nationals being repatriated to Taiwan. Taipei and Beijing can then investigate under the terms of their bilateral judicial assistance agreement on criminal matters.

Acting on a tip provided by the Chinese police, officers from the Philippines anti-cybercrime unit and immigration agency carried out multiple raids in Las Pinas City in Metro Manila and Ilocos Sur in Luzon on Saturday, arresting the foreign suspects.

The alleged telecom fraudsters are accused of posing as police officers, prosecutors and judges to scam their victims in China by tricking them into transferring money into designated accounts.

Lin said that the representative office will make suggestion to the government in Taipei that those convicted of engaging in telecom frauds or drugs trafficking overseas should have their passports revoked for a period of time to quell public anger at their actions and prevent further crimes.

(By Emerson Lim and Shih Hsiu-chuan)