At least 11 illegal Chinese nationals were caught by immigration agents working in the country without the necessary work permits and visa.
Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente said the aliens were apprehended at their workplace along Zamora Street, Tacloban City during an operation conducted by agents from the BI Intelligence Division.
Morente said the foreigners were nabbed after informants tipped the bureau about the aliens’ engagement in gainful activities that violate the conditions of their stay as tourists.
Those arrested were allegedly caught in the act of selling various goods when the arresting team raided their establishments.
The BI chief lauded the support and cooperation of the public’s role in the conduct of the bureau’s campaign against illegal aliens.
He again exhorted the public to “report to us any illegal alien in your locality and we shall go after them and send them back to their homelands.”
According to BI acting intelligence chief Fortunato Manahan Jr., the Chinese nationals were caught “in flagrante” working without the required visa and failed to present their passport or any other immigration document.
“Our Region 8 team caught them engaged in businesses, selling various goods like auto parts, cellular phones, accessories, and other general merchandise. Upon verification, it was confirmed that they did not possess the appropriate visas and permits,” he said.
The aliens were later flown to Manila and brought to the BI detention facility in Camp Bagong Diwa, Taguig City where they shall remain while undergoing deportation proceedings.