BI intercepted over 500 illegal aliens since January

Aileen Cerrudo   •   August 21, 2019   •   334

The Bureau of Immigration (BI) has intercepted over 500 illegal aliens that entered the country from January to June this year.

BI Spokesperson Dana Sandoval said most the these illegal aliens are called ‘riders’.

‘Riders’ are foreigners who have incomplete documents and rely on other foreigners who have a legitimate purpose to visit the country.

Based on the BI guidelines, a tourist visa can only last for six months while the validity of a working visa can last from one to three years.

The Immigration Bureau also has a system that can detect overstaying foreigners or illegal workers.

“Mayroon po tayong (We have) branches or sub port offices kung saan po itong mga opisinang ito (where these offices) [are] in charge of monitoring the aliens that are located in their specific jurisdiction,” Sandoval said.

Meanwhile, they continue to monitor the Chinese workers working in Philippine offshore gaming operations (POGO). However, Sandoval said they still haven’t determined which workers are documented or not.—AAC (with reports from Aiko Miguel)

BI nabs overstaying Indian national working as chef in Boracay

Marje Pelayo   •   September 16, 2019

​​MANILA, Philippines – The Bureau of Immigration (BI) reported the arrest on September 4 of an Indian national employed as a chef without a permit and visa in the tourist island of Boracay.

Accoridng to BI, the alien was identified as Vincent Joseph Mondal, 42, an allegedly overstaying and undocumented foreign worker.

Intelligence Division Acting Chief Fortunato Manahan Jr said Mondal was arrested while at work at Namaster Restaurant located beside the Boracay public market where he had been working as chief cook.

“He was unable to present his passport or any travel document when our agents confronted him to verify his immigration status,” Manahan said.

The BI discovered that Mondal was an illegal entrant as he entered the country through the backdoor and did not undergo inspection by immigration authorities.

​​It was also determined that Mondal had been banned from entering the country and placed on the immigration blacklist over a similar case of overstaying and failure to pay the assessed fines and penalties some time in 2013.

​​Mondal is now detained at the BI detention center while summary deportation proceedings are being undertaken.

7 Chinese nationals arrested for illegal sand dredging in Zambales

Robie de Guzman   •   September 14, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – Seven male Chinese nationals were arrested in Masinloc, Zambales for allegedly working without proper visas and engaging in illegal sand dredging activities, the Bureau of Immigration (BI) reported.

The Chinese nationals arrested were identified as Chen Shiniu, Chen Shaoshao, Xu Xiansheng, Jiang Xin, Zhao Yihong, Gong Yaan and Xie Yuhong.

Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente said these individuals were arrested on Sept. 11 by BI intelligence agents in coordination with the Philippine National Police.

Information from the BI Intelligence Office says the Chinese workers were found after searching six vessels including “Sand Carrier Horner 1” and Dredger Warrior 6.”

Upon initial questioning, the arrested foreigners presented their passports with tourist visas. They were found to be overstaying and working without proper permits.

“The subject arrested foreigners violated not only our immigration Laws but also the Philippine Mining Act of 1995 and Executive Order 292,” Morente said.

“They are seriously threatening national security and interest by stealing our minerals and resources,” he added.

The illegal Chinese workers were brought to the Immigration’s main office for further verification and proper inquest proceedings.

BI arrests close to 300 Chinese nationals in Pasig City

Maris Federez   •   September 13, 2019

The Bureau of Immigration (BI) on Wednesday (Sept 11) arrested around 300 Chinese nationals in an operation that the agency conducted in a Corporate Center in Pasig City.

The arrested Chinese nationals were brought to the BI office in Manila for documentation.

BI Commissioner Jaime Morente said they had earlier issued an arrest order against four Chinese fugitives who were involved in several economic crimes in China.

“We received an official communication from Police Attaché Chen Chao of the Chinese Embassy in the Philippines indicating that these Chinese fugitives engaged in an investment scam that victimized more than a thousand individuals, and has an estimated cost of damages amounting to more than 100 million RMB,” said Morente.

The arrest order was based on the information from the Chinese Embassy in the Philippines pertaining to the presence of the said suspects in the country.

The four have already victimized around 1,000 individuals in China.

However, when the BI operatives entered the establishment, they also discovered 273 Chinese nationals conducting illegal online operations.

These Chinese nationals are undocumented and are all wanted in China.

The BI promptly filed cases against the said Chinese nationals who are now detained in the BI’s warden facility in Taguig City.

“These fugitives will be hunted, deported, and will be blacklisted, effectively banning them from re-entering the country,” he further stated.

Morente, moreover, assured that these Chinese nationals will be deported and will be blacklisted so that they will never be able to get into the country. (from the report of Aiko Miguel) /mbmf

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