2 Chinese arrested for offering P1.7-M bribe to cops
MANILA - Two Chinese nationals have been arrested for bribing policemen over the release of 6 Chinese men nabbed for human trafficking, police said Wednesday.
Police on Monday apprehended 21 foreigners, some believed to be Chinese working in the Philippine offshore gaming operator (POGO) sector, in a hotel allegedly used as a prostitution den in Makati City.
The foreigners who were friends with some of the suspects approached the case investigator with a P1.7 million bribe, according to Metro Manila Police chief Guillermo Eleazar.
"Ang ating tinutumbok ngayon, inaalam natin kung sino 'yung sindikato na involved dito. Tinitingnan po natin itong industry na booming dahil nga sa pangangailangan ng mostly Chinese male workers dito," he told radio DZMM.
(What we're looking into right now is the syndicate involved. We are investigating this booming industry for the needs of mostly Chinese male workers here.)
The 35 Chinese women rescued from the prostitution den were, meanwhile, turned over to the local Department of Social Welfare and Development.
Under the law, trafficked persons who are foreign nationals are entitled to protection, assistance, and are allowed to remain in the country as necessary for the prosecution of offenders.
It is important for authorities to get the coordination of the foreign victims, according to Justice Assistant Secretary George Ortha II, who heads government's Interagency Council Against Trafficking.
Those who would not cooperate may face charges, he said.
"Meron pong mga paraan na pwede pong mahikayat sila para makipagtulungan po para sa ating gobyerno. Dapat po biktima sila no, kung umaakto po sila na hindi biktima, baka po sila nagva-violate ng batas natin about prostitution," he said.
(There are ways in which we can encourage them to cooperate with our government. They're supposed to be victims but if they do not act like victims, they might be violating our law against prostitution.)
"Ayaw po sana nating gawin yan dahil naging biktima na po sila, ayaw na po nating pahirapin yung dinadanas nila."
(We would not like to do that because they're victims, we don't want to make their situation worse.)