Bribing Filipino police officers can go two ways — you’ll either get exactly what you want, or get arrested for trying.
Two Chinese men learned this important lesson the hard way when they were nabbed yesterday in Makati City after they allegedly tried to bribe a police officer to release nearly 20 of their compatriots who had been arrested during a raid at a prostitution den.
Zhang Xiuqiang and Fan Jianping showed up at the Makati City Police Headquarters at about 3:20pm, The Philippine Daily Inquirer reports. Apparently having some idea of who to negotiate with, they approached the highest-ranking official in the headquarters’ investigation department, Major Gideon Ines Jr., and allegedly offered him PHP1.7 million (US$32,800) in exchange for the release of their 18 friends.
Instead of accepting the bribe, Ines immediately ordered his team to arrest the suspects.
Zhang and Fan’s associates were arrested on Monday night during a raid at a suspected prostitution den inside the Maxx Hotel in Makati’s Poblacion district, CNN Philippines reports. The 18 men, all Philippine Offshore Gaming Operations (POGO) workers, allegedly paid PHP20,000 (US$386) for each transaction.
Meanwhile, 35 Chinese women who were suspected of working as prostitutes were rescued during the raid. Thirteen of the hotel’s Filipino workers were arrested and will be investigated. However, the alleged owner of the den remains at large because he was not at the establishment during the time of the raid, according to Radyo Inquirer.
Prostitution dens catering to Chinese POGO workers appear to be sprouting up all over the place these days. Earlier this month, almost 100 Chinese prostitutes were rescued from a den that was also discovered in Makati City. In August, almost 35 Chinese women were rescued from a Lapu Lapu City bar where they were suspected of working as prostitutes. And in July, 10 Chinese women were rescued from another den in Laguna province.
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