Authorities raided a business establishment owned by controversial gambling operator Jack Lam in Ilocos Norte over suspected illegal online gambling operations, a report by GMA News' John Consulta on "24 Oras" said Friday.
The report said armed with a search warrant, the raiding team entered Fort Ilocandia in Laoag City and seized from it LAN wires, laptops and SIM cards that are believed to be used in online gambling.
It was the second establishment owned by Lam that was raided by authorities in weeks after Fontana Leisure Park and Casino in Clark, Pampanga, where over 1,200 Chinese nationals were arrested and detained.
The detention marked the government's biggest such round-up of Chinese nationals in the country, many thought to be working there illegally.
But unlike in the raid on Fontana last month, the raiding team did not catch anyone red-handed in Fort Ilocandia. The team also failed to seize computers, hard drives and CCTV cameras.
The report said officials from the Department of Justice (DOJ), Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG), and Provincial Public Safety Battalion believe the raid on Fontana disrupted the online gambling operations in Fort Ilocandia.
The Bureau of Immigration said about 400 Chinese nationals began leaving Ilocos Norte around December 3, days after Lam, whose real name is Yin Lok Lam, fled the country on November 29.
President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered the arrest of Lam over alleged economic sabotage and for allegedly trying to bribe Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II.
The report said investigators will continue to track the foreigners who left Fort Ilocandia and investigate the few pieces of hardware found in it.
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