THE Bureau of Immigration (BI) nabbed a total of 46 foreigners on Wednesday – among them Chinese, Bangladeshi, and Pakistani nationals – during a raid in a mall in Baclaran, Parañaque City.
After weeks of surveillance and intelligence work, the authorities apprehended the foreign nationals for supposedly working illegally in the Philippines.
BI spokesperson Elaine Tan said, “The foreign nationals were caught in the premises in the act of working as vendors in retail stores.”
The BI team, together with operatives from the Philippine National Police Regional Public Safety Battalion, brought the suspects to the BI main office in Manila for verification and inquest proceedings since they were arrested without a court warrant.
Upon issuance of the charge for immigration violation, the foreign nationals shall undergo deportation proceedings to allow them to defend their case.
“Pending deportation, the subjects shall be quarantined in our Warden’s Facility in Bicutan, unless they are provisionally released on bail on meritorious grounds,” the spokesperson added.