Attorney General cautions aliens of severe legal consequences for misconduct

Authorities warn foreign nationals engaged in illegal activities in the Philippines

MANILA, Philippines — Justice Secretary Jesus Crispin Remulla issued a stern warning to foreigners involved in illicit activities in the Philippines, particularly in connection to the issue of illegal Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators (Pogo) in the country.

Remulla’s warning came after a recent raid on an illegal Pogo hub in Porac, Pampanga conducted by the Presidential Anti-Organized Crime Commission (PAOCC) and other law enforcement agencies.

“Foreigners are welcome to stay here in our country and may treat it as their own home as long as they whole-heartedly follow our laws accordingly and unconditionally. This is the only and last warning to every alien staying in the Philippines, lest they face severe legal consequences,” the justice secretary said in a statement issued on Sunday.

He emphasized that the Department of Justice will take action against those involved in illegal activities, particularly in relation to the widespread issues surrounding Lucky South 99 Outsourcing Incorporated in Pampanga.

Reports indicated that this facility, the largest in Pampanga, was allegedly involved in prostitution, human trafficking, scams, and other unlawful activities.

The operation against Lucky South 99 was authorized by a warrant issued by Presiding Judge Maria Belinda Rama of Malolos Regional Trial Court, Branch 14, following reports received by PAOCC from confidential informants regarding sexual trafficking and torture of foreigners.

In response, Remulla called on the National Bureau of Investigation and the Bureau of Immigration to thoroughly investigate the case, file charges when necessary, and promptly deport any individuals found to have violated immigration laws.

He also urged any witnesses with relevant information to cooperate with authorities and provide testimony related to the case.

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