BI deports 301 Chinese nationals from Palawan

Robie de Guzman   •   November 5, 2019   •   345

The Bureau of Immigration (BI) deports 294 Chinese nationals in two chartered flights at the Puerto Princesa International Airport on Tuesday, November 5, 2019.

MANILA, Philippines – The Bureau of Immigration (BI) on Tuesday announced it has deported 294 Chinese nationals who were found illegally working in the country.

In a statement, the BI said the Chinese nationals left the country via two chartered flights at the Puerto Princesa International Airport earlier in the day.

The bureau said the deported Chinese nationals were part of the 329 foreigners arrested in eight different establishments last September for violating the conditions of their stay by working in the country without necessary permits and visas.

Fortunato Manahan, Chief of BI’s Intelligence Division, added that seven minors were also intercepted during the same operation.

“Upon determination of their age, they were ordered released. Custody has been turned over to the Chinese Embassy, and they have also flown out today, bringing up the total number to 301,” Manahan said.

Manahan added that the passports of the 301, including the minors, have also been canceled by the Chinese government, making them undocumented aliens.

The group is the first to leave from the batch of illegal aliens arrested in Palawan.

The BI said it is now processing the deportation of 17 more Chinese nationals while the remaining 11 have pending cases that need to be resolved before they can be allowed to leave the country.

These foreigners are temporarily detained at an inn in Puerto Princesa secured by military and immigration agents, the bureau said.

Immigration braces for passenger influx during SEA Games, holiday season

Robie de Guzman   •   November 22, 2019

Foreign nationals arrive at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (EPA-EFE/FRANCIS R, MALASIG)

MANILA, Philippines – The Bureau of Immigration (BI) on Friday said it has placed its officers on heightened alert amid the expected surge of passengers due to the upcoming Southeast Asian (SEA) Games and the holiday rush.

In a statement, Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente said they are projecting around 8,000 delegates, including spectators for the SEA Games which will start on Nov. 30, while a 3% increase in arrivals and departures is expected during the holiday season in December.

“We are certain that there will be more tourists and balikbayans who will be flying in this Christmas,” he said in a statement.

Data from the BI showed that more than 1.5 million passengers arrived in the country and more than 1.2 million left in December 2018.

In anticipation of a surge of travelers in the coming weeks, the bureau said it is enforcing a “no leave, no absences” policy for its officers during the SEA Games and holiday rush.

“Our men have been instructed not to go on leave during the peak season to maximize our manpower,” BI port operations division chief Grifton Medina said.

The bureau also advised passengers anew to arrive at least three hours before their scheduled flights and to bear with possible line queues.

The agency said build-ups can sometimes happen when delayed flights arrive simultaneously especially during peak season.

“We appeal to everyone to bear with us should there be some build-up, which sometimes happens during peak seasons. But you can be assured that processing is now much faster following the numerous improvements we have implemented in our international ports,” Medina said.

PH Immigration to deport 2 Chinese fugitives

Robie de Guzman   •   November 21, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The Bureau of Immigration (BI) is set to deport two Chinese nationals wanted for alleged involvement in economic crimes in their country.

BI Commissioner Jaime Morente identified the fugitives as Chen Yanhua, 56, and Xu Xiaojun, 34 who were arrested in separate operations this week.

Morente said Chen was arrested last Sunday at a hotel in Parañanque City while Xu was nabbed at a restaurant in Baclaran on Wednesday.

Chen was apprehended following information about her location and surveillance of her activities.

It was learned that Chen was one of the seven Chinese fugitives whose arrest and deportation were sought by their government in September 2018.

According to the Chinese embassy, Chen and her cohorts defrauded 13 of their compatriots who were enticed to invest their money amounting to seven million yuan or roughly a million dollars on the promise that their deposits would earn profits and interest.

“We will deport her immediately as her passport was already canceled by the Chinese government, making her an undocumented alien,” Morente said. “She is also an undesirable alien due to her record as a wanted fugitive.”

Meanwhile, Xu was arrested for allegedly engaging in bank card fraud in his country, making an illegal profit amounting to millions of Yuans in damages.

“We received information from Chinese authorities about his crime a few days ago, hence we immediately conducted a case buildup and requested that a mission order be issued by the Commissioner to effect the arrest,” the BI said.

Xu’s passport was also canceled by the Chinese government, making him an undocumented alien.

Chen and Xu are currently detained at an immigration facility in Camp Bagong Diwa in Taguig City pending their deportation.

BI intercepts 2 illegal aliens at NAIA

Robie de Guzman   •   November 20, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The Bureau of Immigration (BI) on Tuesday said it detained two foreigners intercepted at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) for attempting to illegally enter and leave the country.

The BI said the two foreigners were apprehended separately last week.

In a report, BI port operations division chief Grifton Media said one of the passengers was a Chinese national who is a fugitive in his country, while the other was an African passenger who presented a spurious passport.

The Chinese national, identified as 22-year old Wang Zhi Qiang, was intercepted at the NAIA Terminal 1 on November 14 upon his arrival from Xiamen, China.

The bureau said he was barred from entering the Philippines after an immigration officer saw his name in the database of blacklisted aliens.

Wang was reportedly blacklisted after the bureau received information from Chinese authorities about his alleged involvement in telecommunications fraud.

On the other hand, the other passenger identified as 20-year old Enow Lewis was caught with a fraudulent passport at the NAIA Terminal 3 as he was attempting to board a flight to Hong Kong.

He was arrested after the immigration computer system detected discrepancies in his passport.

The BI said visual inspection showed that his passport is still valid while the system tagged it as expired. It was confirmed to be fraudulent after it was examined at the BI’s forensic document laboratory.

Lewis is currently detained at the BI Warden Facility pending his deportation.

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