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PNP files rap cases against armed Chinese arrested with hacking devices

PNP files rap cases against armed Chinese arrested with hacking devices

By Christopher Lloyd Caliwan

PNP files rap cases against armed Chinese arrested with hacking devices
ACCUSED. Chinese national Yuhang Liu (in orange CIDG shirt) is under investigation for various charges at the Makati City Prosecutor’s Office, Friday, May 31, 2024. The foreigner was arrested for violating the Law on the comprehensive regulation of firearms and ammunition and the Access Device Regulation Act of 1998 and for serious threat. (Photo courtesy of CIDG)

MANILA – The Criminal Investigation and Detection Group of the Philippine National Police (CIDG) has filed charges against the Chinese national who was arrested with firearms and hacking equipment in Makati City.

“Sa ngayon ay kasalukuyan na for the investigative procedure yung ating suspect arrested in Makati (Prosecutor’s Office), then yung finite nating complaint are yung Republic Act (RA) 10591, (Comprehensive Firearms and Weapons Regulation Act ammunition) then yung RA 8484 (Regulations on Access Devices Act of 1998) then serious threat dahil yung complainant tinakot niya rin (He is currently under investigation by the Makati Prosecutor’s Office, then we filed complaints for violation of RA 10591 and then RA 8484, then grave threat because he coerced the complainant),” CIDG spokesperson Lt. Col. Imelda Reyes said Friday during a briefing Press release at Camp Crame.

She said suspect Yuhang Liu refused to make statements but was able to consult a lawyer.

Liu was arrested on Wednesday at Finlandia Streets, corner of Codornico Streets, Barangay San Isidro, Makati, in response to a gun complaint.

The complainant said Liu forced him to deliver unidentified communications hacking devices to the suspect’s home.

This equipment would be placed in vital facilities to hack or access the International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) of cell phones.

During a search of the suspect’s vehicle, law enforcement discovered several firearms and ammunition, a multi-band directional antenna system, batteries, a solar inverter, a radio receiver/transmitter, a Huawei router, a Apple tablet, cell phones and some others. species.

A subsequent raid on the suspect’s home uncovered a power inverter, aerial drone, computer keyboard, central processing units, portable power hubs, multiple forms of identification, and cash.

Reyes said he sought help from the National Telecommunications Commission to determine the type of devices seized from the suspect.

She said they also called in anti-cybercrime group PNP to investigate how these devices were being used.

“Maghihintay pa tayo ng resolution ng result ng pag-file natin (We would wait for the resolution following the charges we filed). We are also awaiting the results of the investigation carried out by other agencies regarding these devices,” she said. (ANP)