THE Bureau of Immigration is taking a hardline policy on wanted foreigners using the Philippines as their hiding place. This year’s target is to track down and detain 600 foreigners wanted for various offenses.
Immigration Intelligence chief Rommel de Leon said that a more active detection, monitoring and investigation must be done not only by the agency but also with the active participation of the public.
He said the bureau went full blast against illegal aliens, serve warrant of arrests to wanted foreigners living in the country.
De Leon revealed that some 600 warrant of arrests were dispatched to 81 provinces.
“We are serving notice to those wanted foreigners that the arms of the law are now fast catching them. We are firm on our campaign and to stop foreigners from using the country as their haven and sanctuary,” De Leon said.
De Leon added that upon orders from Immigration Commissioner Ronaldo Geron, operatives were dispatched in 81 provinces to serve the warrant.
The BI Intel chief also issued a stern warning to his operatives against cooperating with the subject person.
Deputy Chief for Operations Charlie Bautista added that most of the crimes committed by foreigners were fraud, felony and public charge.
Illegal aliens who are detained by the BI are immediately sent on a plane back to their country of origin. However, those foreigners who committed crime in the country would have first to serve their sentence here before they are deported.