THE Bureau of Immigration (BI) has filed deportation charges against 25 foreigners arrested earlier this week by elements of the Philippine National Police (PNP) in Boracay, Aklan, for their involvement in illegal drugs and cybercrime activities.
Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente disclosed on Wednesday that the 18 Taiwanese and 7 Chinese were charged for being undesirable aliens and will undergo deportation proceedings.
Despite the deportation charges, Morente said, the foreigners will not be kicked out yet pending resolution of the criminal cases that were filed against them before the court.
“It is only after they have served their sentences, if convicted, that we will deport and include them in our blacklist to prevent them from reentering our country,” the BI chief added.
According to Morente, the bureau is playing an active and a critical role in President Rodrigo Duterte’s all-out war against illegal drugs, particularly in cases where the suspects involved are foreigners. He urged the public to report to them the presence of any foreigner engaged in suspicious activities.
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Those charged were identified as Taiwanese Lin Szu Wei, Hsiao Chun-Huang, Zeng Shao-Wei, Chang Chih-Chih, Fan Yu-Lung, Chen Jhih-Hong, Chou Yuan-Syun, Wu Pei-Yu, Weng Wei-Chieh, Yang Shuang-Chuan, Wu Shau-Wei, Lien Yu-Ting, Sun Chia-Hui, Wang Yung-Chun, Jhou Tian-You, Hong Gou-Siou, Chou Hsi-Ao and Lo Li-Yin.
The Chinese were identified as Zhou Hong Hua, Zeng Hui, Han Feng Shuang, He Zonglong, Zhong Yuling, Wang Juan and Gong Chun.
BI-Kalibo acting alien control officer Thelma Adre reported that the suspects admitted they have traveled to several countries in Africa and Asia before they proceeded to the Philippines.
Adre said the aliens’ last country of origin was Cambodia and that they all entered the country as tourists on a 59-day visa.
The police alleged that the foreigners were involved in illegal drugs and cybercrime operations. They said the two-story house rented by the suspects served as a distribution point for illegal drugs and a base for their online fraud operations that have victimized many of their compatriots in Taiwan and China.