The Bureau of Immigration (BI) recently arrested 9 Chinese nationals for violating immigration laws and working in the country without the proper documentation and permits. The suspects were caught in the act of selling retail goods to the public without the appropriate permits by BI Intelligence operatives in back-to-back operations in Manila and Pasay.
Four of the arrested aliens, who have been identified as Cai Shaoqiu, Cai Shengfeng, Tian Changsheng, and She Lijuan, were apprehended on October 26 inside the Manila City Plaza mall in Quiapo Manila. The other five were arrested in Two Shopping Center in Pasay. These were Lin Manyi, Zeng Xinfu, Xiao Jinxiang, Zhang Yang Sheng, and Chichi Zhuang.
BI Commissioner Jaime Morente spoke on Monday to discuss the arrests and to warn other foreign nationals against violating the Philippines’ laws. Illegally working in the country would not only contribute to underground economic movement, but also deprive small Filipino traders of livelihood opportunities.
“If you are a good, law-abiding alien then we welcome you to the Philippines. But if you keep on disregarding Philippine laws, then you might as well get out, illegal aliens are not welcome here,” said the BI chief.
The suspects are currently in the custody of the Philippine government and are awaiting deportation as they undergo proceedings under the BI’s Board of Commissioners. They have been found in guilty of violating Philippine immigration laws.
“We will deport them for blatantly violating our immigration laws. Foreigners are prohibited in engaging in any gainful activity without the proper visas,” Morente said.
“In fact, during the check, one of them presented a counterfeit immigration document, while another may have assumed someone else’s identity as he had no record of arrival,” he added.