SIX foreign nationals said to be working in the country without the required permits and even engaging in illegal mining operations were nabbed by the Bureau of Immigration (BI) in Bulacan.
In his report to Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente, BI Intelligence Chief Fortunato Manahan Jr. said the aliens were arrested last October 18 after they were caught in flagrante working in their offices at the Xiaobo Scrap Trading Co. in Luasan St., Bgy. Loma de Gato, Marilao, Bulacan.
The arrested foreigners were brought to the BI’s Warden Facility in Taguig City pending deportation proceedings. They were identified as Taiwanese Cheng Yi Huang and Chinese nationals Junbo Deng, Yunli Zhou, Jun Li, Wei Lin and Weike Qu.
Manahan said that except for Cheng, who was found to have a valid resident visa, the five Chinese men were found to be overstaying and undocumented as they failed to present their passports or other travel documents.
According to Manahan, concerned Marilao residents reported the employment of the illegal Chinese nationals following concerns about their illegal mining activities in the area.
Manahan’s office also received complaints on the alleged involvement of the aliens in an illegal export business.
Under immigration rules, Manahan said foreigners intending to work in the Philippines must secure a work permit from the Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) and a working visa from the BI.
In 2017, a total of 15,970 foreign nationals were reported to have been working in the Philippines.
He said that those who commit blatant and continuously disregard of BI laws by working in the country without the proper documentation will be deported and banned from re-entering the country.