Philippines say 1,240 Chinese arrested for illegal work

The Philippines’ immigration chief says 1,240 Chinese nationals suspected of working illegally in the country for an online gambling operator have been arrested at a resort and casino complex north of Manila.

Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente said Friday that their documents were being checked based on reports they illegally entered and worked in the country.

A preliminary report from the immigration bureau says the Chinese were working as call center agents for an illegal online gambling operator at the Fontana Leisure Park in Clark Freeport, a former U.S.-run air base north of Manila.

They are temporarily being held under guard by immigration and police personnel in a building within the leisure park.