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Palace wants China claim on isolated crimes validated

Malacañang on Thursday would not say whether the criminal incidents involving Chinese citizens in the country were isolated cases.

“I do not know whether they are isolated or not. We have to record those incidents if it’s really isolated,” presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo said at a news conference.

Panelo gave the reaction after the Chinese Embassy in Manila on Wednesday downplayed reports on the increasing number of Chinese citizens involved in crime in the country, calling such incidents "isolated."

With the influx of Chinese workers in the country, several Chinese nationals have reportedly been involved in organized crimes, such as human trafficking, prostitution, kidnapping and fraud.

It said the Chinese government was committed to combating all kinds of illegal and criminal activities and has been maintaining close cooperation with the relevant agencies of Philippine government on cracking down transnational crimes.

The embassy also said China was opposed to "any irresponsible remarks based on fake news and condemns any groundless allegations against China out of ulterior political motives."

“Actually, they are saying that it’s being politicized. In other words, they are referring to the critics of the President,” Panelo said. —NB, GMA News