Gun-toting Chinese yields hacking devices, firearms in Makati

Suspected hacking devices and equipment were recovered from a Chinese national who was arrested by the police in Makati City after threatening an individual with a gun to make a delivery to his home on May 29.


Yuhang Liu

The suspect was identified as Yuhang Liu, who was arrested along Finlandia Street corner Codornico Street in Barangay San Isidro, Makati City.

The police report said Liu first threatened a Filipino, who is also the complainant, to deliver the equipment to his home in Parañaque City and coerced the victim to go to different vital installations to hack or access mobile phones' international mobile equipment identity (IMEI) and other electronic devices.

Responding officers saw the suspect with a 9mm pistol tucked into his waist, which prompted them to ask for his identification and his gun's documents. However, Liu failed to present any which led to his arrest.

The authorities also searched Liu's vehicle where they discovered several firearms and ammunition, a multi-band directional antenna system, battery units, a solar inverter, a radio receiver/transmitter, an internet router, an Apple tablet, mobile phones, and cash.

The discovery of the materials prompted the police to conduct a raid on the suspect's residence where they discovered more electronic devices which are allegedly being used for hacking which includes an inverter unit, aerial drone, computer keyboard, CPU units, portable power supply hubs, several IDs, and cash.


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"Meron siyang certain gadgets, like yung drone, and meron din siyang mga cellphone and 'yung makapag-intercept nung other gadgets. So as of now, ang experts ang makapag-justify kung anong klaseng gadgets ang mga ito and then we are waiting for a final report (He is in possession of certain gadgets such as a drone, cellphones, and other equipment capable of intercepting other gadgets. So as of now, our experts will be the ones who can justify what kind of gadgets are these)," Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) Spokesperson Lt. Col. Imelda Reyes said.

She added that they are already coordinating with the military to confirm whether the suspect is a spy.

Liu will be facing charges for violation of Republic Act 10591 or the Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulation Act. He is now detained at the CIDG office.