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BI nabs 30 illegally working Chinese

Bureau of Immigration intelligence agents arrested on Thursday 30 Chinese found to be working illegally in several establishments in Parañaque City.

BI Commissioner Jaime Morente said the foreigners were caught working without the proper visa in violation of the Philippine Immigration Act.

The raid targeted 16 establishments at the Solemare Parksuites and Aseana Power Station, both located at the vicinity of Diosdado Macapagal Boulevard.

“Our intel has received anonymous information that numerous foreigners were working illegally in the area,” said Morente.

BI intelligence chief Fortunato Manahan Jr. disclosed that they conducted prior surveillance in the area and arrested aliens caught in the act working as cooks, hairstylists, and vendors.

“Most of them were working under a tourist visa, while others were undocumented and overstaying,” he added.

Manahan revealed that another 17 Chinese and one Taiwanese were also arrested during the raid, but were later released upon presentation of proper permits.

Morente warned that more arrests would follow due to the intensified drive against illegal aliens.

Those arrested will be temporarily detained at the BI detention center in Bicutan, Taguig City pending deportation proceedings. (Jun Ramirez)