• 28 Vietnamese, Chinese poachers face deportation

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    TUGUEGARAO CITY, Cagayan: The Bureau of Immigration (BI) here has recommended a summary deportation order against 28 foreign nationals who were apprehended for poaching off the waters in Cagayan and Batanes provinces last month.

    BI Alien Control Officer Geronimo Santos said the 18 Vietnamese and 10 Chinese entered the country by means of false and misleading statements and without inspection and admission by the immigration authorities at a designated port of entry, and thus, they should be deported to their country of origin.

    A report by the BI Aparri Field Office showed that on May 25, the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) said the Chinese nationals were on board a single unregistered fishing vessel marked “Subic,” which hoisted an inverted Philippine flag when intercepted northeast off Camiguin Island. They could not show any passport except for their Chinese identification cards.

    Earlier on May 12, lawyer Samuel Agaloos, regional BFAR’s regulatory and enforcement chief, said the BFAR and the Philippine Coast Guard also apprehended 18 Vietnamese on board three fishing boats off Batanes en route to Calayan Island.

    Santos said that as soon as their cases are resolved, the BI will facilitate deportation proceedings. The foreign nationals and their vessels are under the custody of the BFAR at Port San Vicente in Santa Ana town, Cagayan pending the resolution of their cases.

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