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Chinese manager of ZCC Mall in Surigao City, 4 other Chinese nationals arrested in Butuan City for Quarantine violations

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by Ben Serrano

A Chinese national who is manager of ZCC Mall in Surigao City and four other Chinese nationals including three Filipinos were arrested by PNP operatives on April 14 in Purok 3, Shangrila Homes, Barangay Imadejas, Butuan City.

In the PNP press release, Brigadier General Joselito T Esquivel, Jr, Caraga PNP Regional Director identified the chinese manager of ZCC Mall located at Borromeo St, Surigao City as Ziguang Cai, 54, now residing at Magallanes St., Surigao City.

According to arresting cops and assisting barangay officials Ziguang Cai was with Ken Dagohoy Escarlan, 36, Filipino citizen, businessman and a resident of Shangrila Subdivision, Imadejas, Butuan City; Dong Jun Li, 40, Chinese national, businessman and a resident of 550 Sto. Cristo St., Binondo, Manila City; and Liming Cai, 64, Chinese national and a resident of P-3, Shangrila Subdivion, Brgy. Imadejas, Butuan City.

Confiscated from their possession and control were one mahjong set, one piece mahjong pad, one mahjong table, four plastic monoblock chairs and cash money amounting to Php 1,250.00, Php 7,500.00, Php 3,250.00, and Php 1,250.00 in different denominations, respectively yielding a total of Php13,250.00.

In another adjacent house but in same compound of residential homes, arrested were James Garcia Guo, 49, Filipino citizen, businessman and a resident of 616 El Cano St., Binondo Manila; Qinghua Cai, 40, businessman and a resident of 0688 Crystal Hms Inc.Meisic St., Binondo Manila City and Wilson Ong Chua, 55, Chinese National, businessman and a resident of Shangrila Subdivision, Imadejas, Butuan City.

Confiscated from their possession and control were one set of karton playing cards, one plastic table, three plastic monoblock chairs, two bottles of San Miguel Pilsen beer, two glass cups, and cash money amounting to Php 13,320.00, Php 6,290.00 and Php 8,120.00 in different denominations, respectively, with a total of Php 27,730.00.

Allegedly the Chinese nationals resisted arrests and disobey persons of authority at first but later surrender themselves to authorities.

When asked by the assisting barangay officials and cops about travel history and identification papers of the Chinese nationals, one of the nabbed violators, William Mae Ricafort, 27, reportedly engaged persons in authority into heated argument.

Ricafort is now facing charges of violation of Revised Penal Code Article 151 or Resistance and Disobedience in Persons of Authority, and violation of local Executive Order No. 23, or the Executive Order Placing the City of Butuan in an Enhanced Community Quarantine.

Police Colonel Canilo Agua Fuentes, Butuan City Chief of Police identified the five chinese nationals as Qinghua Cai, 40 years old, Dong Jun Li, 40, Wilson Ong Chua, 55; Liming Cai, 64; and Ziguang Cai, 54, who is from Surigao City.

No addresses in China were given in the police report.

Their three Filipino companions were identified as James Garcia Guo, 49; Ken Dagohoy Escarlan, 36, and William Mae Ricafort,27, all from Butuan City.

According to Chief of Police Fuentes, aside from conduct of illegal gambling charges, all eight nabbed violators will be facing violation of Revised Penal Code Article 151 or Resistance and Disobedience in Persons of Authority, and violation of local Executive Order No. 23, or the Executive Order Placing the City of Butuan in an Enhanced Community Quarantine.

Butuan City Police claimed further investigations will also be conducted, as there are now estimated 2,000 chinese nationals living in Butuan City and Agusan provinces alone not including those living in Surigao provinces and their numbers increasing.

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