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BI nabs overstaying British

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Bureau of Immigration operatives on Thursday in Coron, Palawan, an overstaying British man.

BI Commissioner Norman Tansingco identified the fugitive as Paul Stuart Leggot, 61, who was arrested in a bar along Governor’s Drive in Dongapan, Coron, Palawan by operatives of the BI intelligence division and fugitive search unit headed by Rendel Ryan Sy.

Apart from overstaying, Leggot was allegedly found to have been engaging in gainful employment without the necessary work permit.

Records show that he has been in the country since 2014, without securing appropriate visas for his business. He was said to own a popular resort in Coron, despite not being properly documented.

Tansingco lauded the investigating team and warned erring foreigners not to abuse the hospitality of the country.

“Foreign nationals may only work or have business in the country if they secure the appropriate visas and other permits,” said Tansingco. “Aliens who refuse to comply with our laws take away opportunities from Filipinos, and do not submit appropriate taxes to the government,” he added.

The BI said that Leggot will immediately be flown to Manila for booking and inquest, before being transferred to the BI’s facility in Bicutan.

Itchie G. Cabayan
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