BI nabs leader of Luzon-wide 'violent' Vietnamese lending syndicate

Published May 29, 2022, 11:56 AM

by Jun Ramirez

Bureau of Immigration (BI) agents have arrested the young leader of a notorious Vietnamese lending syndicate in Munoz, Nueva Ecija, together with his two cohorts.

In a report to Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente, BI intelligence chief Fortunato Manahan,Jr described the group as engaging in violent actions against borrowers who would fail to settle their debts, including torture and kidnapping.

Twenty six year-old Vo Van Tai was tagged as the ring leader. His companions were Vo Khac Binh and Vo Thi Mai, both 49 years of age.

Manahan said the group operates all over Luzon and eight of their colleagues were rounded up in Lemery, Batangas last April.

They were all found overstaying and presented spurious documents when arrested including identification cards and even tax identification number.

The trio are now detained at the BI holding facility pending deportation.

“These illegal alien businessmen are not welcome in the country. They violate our laws and bring fear and disorder in the community,” Morente said.