China is bent on cracking the whip on Chinese nationals who have flown illegally to the Philippines to engage in the offshore gaming business.
Sanctions include canceling the passports of Chinese citizens working in the Philippine offshore gaming operators (POGO) and seizure of their bank accounts and properties.
President Rodrigo Duterte fired officials and employees of the Bureau of Immigration who were tagged in the so-called Pastillas bribery scandal exposed by Sen. Risa Hontiveros.
Under the Pastillas scheme, BI officials help Chinese nationals enter the Philippines illegally for a fee.
Chinese migrants just need to pay P10,000 each to enjoy VIP treatment from the BI officers.
Since last year, the Chinese government had already asked Duterte to ban POGOs and punish offshore gaming firms rhar illegally employ its citizens.