BI deports 21 Chinese nationals

August 28, 2009 10:32 am 

MANILA, Aug. 28 — The Bureau of Immigration (BI) deported on Friday 21 Chinese nationals who were earlier detained at its detention center in Bicutan, Taguig City for illegal stay.

Immigration Commissioner Marcelino Libanan ordered the members of the BI civil security unit to escort the deportees to the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).

Upon arriving at the airport, immigration officers led by Teodoro Pascual, BI-NAIA supervisor, processed their travel papers before they were led to board a 10:30 a.m. flight of the China Southern Airlines Z378 for Xiamen, China.

Libanan said the deportation of the 21 foreigners was implemented after they were found to be engaged in illegal mining of black sand without the necessary clearance from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and without securing working visas from the BI.

Atty. Floro Balato Jr., BI spokesman, said the Chinese were deported pursuant to a deportation order the bureau’s board of commissioners issued last Aug. 25.

The deportees were also placed in the immigration blacklist and banned from reentering the Philippines, Balato added.

Records showed that the Chinese were arrested last July 30 by operatives of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) on suspicion that they were smugglers of illegal drugs posing as sailors.

The aliens, who were apprehended aboard two Chinese vessels that were anchored along the coast of Palauig, Zambales, were later turned over to the BI after they failed to present their travel documents.

BI prosecutors then charged the Chinese with violating the Immigration Act after investigation revealed that they entered the country by eluding and evading inspection by immigration authorities. (PNA) scs/FMB

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