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Taiwan, Philippines set up anti-crime joint model

A Manila liaison police officer of the Criminal Investigation Bureau (CIB, 刑事警察局) said yesterday that the Philippines will no longer be a hotbed of crimes by Taiwanese con rings, as both Taiwan and the Philippines have successfully established a cross-country anti-crime cooperation model, a report said yesterday.

According to the liaison officer, the CIB and its counterpart in the Philippines joined forces to crack down on three fraudulent telecom switchboard stations in Davao City in the southern Philippines on April 18, arresting as many as 72 Taiwanese and 6 Chinese suspects.

The first batch of 45 suspects was sent back to Taiwan on June 8, and the remaining 27 were repatriated to the island on July 6. All the 72 suspects were handed over to the Changhua District Prosecutors' Office for further questioning. In turn, the office requested the detention of up to 61 of them, based on what they claimed to be strong evidence against them. The Changhua District Court approved the request soon afterward.

The CIB liaison officer continued to say that during the April crackdown operation, police officers of both countries seized written, video and digital evidence against telecom frauds committed by the suspects.

The suspects placed fraud calls for potential victims in mainland China, trying to swindle money from the victims. Some victims were already located in mainland China, with one of them conned out of as much as 10 million renminbi, the liaison officer noted.

He called on all the potential Taiwanese telecom con rings to quit their fraudulent practices in the Philippines, as the Southeast Asian county is no longer a hotbed for fraud in the wake of Manila and Taipei's successful cooperative anti-crime efforts.

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