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Deportation case filed vs vlogger/influencer

A PUBLIC prosecutor has filed a deportation case against vlogger and social media influencer Wang Yun-I or popularly known in social media as “Penelope Pop” before the Bureau of Immigration for allegedly engaging in gainful activity without necessary permit and visa.

In the charge sheet, Special Prosecutor Emmanuel Anthony L. Vera Jr. accused Wang of online retail trade of lifestyle products like notebooks, bags, toiletries, and similar items at www.theeveryday.ph despite being just a holder of a Special Investor Resident Visa (SIRV).

This, according to Vera, was a violation of the Commonwealth Act 613, Section 37(a) (7). CA 613 is an act to control and regulate the immigration of aliens into the Philippines.

Aside from the filing of the case, the BI-Management Information Systems Division has been directed to place Wang in the immigration watchlist with remarks “Charged: Engaged in gainful activity without visa/permit.

Recently, the Action for Consumerism and Transparency (ACTION) in a letter addressed to Atty. Ronaldo Ledesma, head of the BI’s Board of Special Inquiry, claimed that vlogger Winnie Wong aka “Penelope Pop” is a Taiwanese passport holder whose real name is Yun I-Wang.

The group revealed that while Wang is a holder of Philippine’s Special Investors Residence Visa, she’s not allowed to endorse products nor sell on retail.

Wang’s immigration trouble started when her business venture, the perfume line Pouf!, was found allegedly to have no Certificate of Notification from the Food and Drug Administration.

Produced under TGWW Everyday Lifestyle Studio, the perfume line was actually selling well on shopping platforms.

Under the law, those who sell cosmetic products without government license and registration could be criminally charged with violation of Republic Act 9711 .