Parang kabute! BI arrests 324 undocumented, overstaying Chinese in Palawan
A total of 324 undocumented Chinese nationals allegedly involved in illegal cyber activities were arrested on Monday in Puerto Princesa City, Palawan, the Bureau of Immigration (BI) said.
Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente said the 324 foreigners were rounded up from different hotels and establishments, where they were caught engaging in illegal activities.
“They will undergo deportation proceedings for violating the conditions of their stay in the country and working here without permits,” Morente said in a statement on Tuesday.
“Initial reports indicate that most of these aliens are overstaying and undocumented,” he added.
The raiding teams, led by BI Intelligence Officers Jude Hinolan and Charlie Bautista, seized hundreds of laptops, cellular phones, and gadgets during the operation.
“Many of them were not able to show their passports or any travel documents,” Hinolan said.
Bautista said a team of BI prosecutors were already dispatched to Palawan to conduct preliminary investigation on the arrested foreign nationals.
The BI Intelligence Division got support from the Western Command of the Armed Forces of the Philippines during the operation.
BI acting Intelligence Chief Fortunato Manahan Jr. said they conducted the operation based on reports and complaints from local officials about the presence of many illegal Chinese workers in Puerto Princesa City.
He said weeks of intensive surveillance on the foreigners have been conducted.
Morente vowed to continue their campaign against illegal aliens, especially those who use the Philippines as a venue for illegal activities, particularly unauthorized online gaming activities, cyber fraud and investment scams that prey on unsuspecting victims who are mostly abroad.