BUREAU of Immigration Intelligence Division agents on Wednesday arrested seven Chinese nationals for illegal sand dredging in Masinloc, Zambales.
BI-intelligence division chief Jun Manahan said the Chinese nationals were jointly arrested by BI Intelligence agents from Manila and Region 3, with the help of the PNP 305th Maneuver Company Regional Mobile Force Battalion (RMFB) and Regional Special Operations Group (RSOG) Region 3.
Arrested were Chen Shiniu, Chen Shaoshao, Xu Xiansheng, Jiang Xin, Zhao Yihong, Gong Yaan and Xie Yuhong.
Manahan said the seven violated the Philippine Immigration Laws for working without proper visas. They also violated the Philippine Mining Act of 1995 and Executive Order 292.
Chen Shiniu, Chen Shaoshao were caught by BI intelligence officers led by Ricardo Cabochan and John Mendez while inside “Sand Carrier Horner 1” vessel while the five other Chinese nationals at “Dredger Warrior 6.”
Upon verification, the seven Chinese were found to be overstaying and working without proper visas or permits.