BI deports Korean for working illegally in RP

June 13, 2010 11:17 pm 

MANILA, June 13 — The government’s campaign against foreigners working illegally in the country gained headway as the Bureau of Immigration (BI) announced Sunday the deportation of a South Korean national who was caught operating an online gaming joint in Las Piñas City.

In a report to Immigration Commissioner Marcelino Libanan, BI deportation unit chief Antonio Rivera identified the Korean as Kwon Joong Teak, who was deported aboard a flight of the Philippine Airlines bound for Pusan, South Korea.

Kwon was deported pursuant to a summary deportation order issued by the Board of Commissioners which also fined him P50,000 and banned him from returning to the country by placing him in the immigration blacklist.

“Let this serve as a warning to other foreigners illegally engaged in gainful activity. Get a working visa or you will be deported,” Libanan said.

He said BI operatives, particularly those deployed in the five immigration area offices (IAOs) in Metro Manila and other key cities nationwide have been directed to be on the lookout for illegally working aliens in their respective turfs.

“This is an offshoot of our regionalization program. Our operatives are now effectively dispersed throughout the country so that it will be easier for us to locate and catch illegal aliens,” the BI chief added.

Libanan urged the public to report to the nearest BI field office in their locality the presence and activity of any foreigner suspected of violating immigration laws.

According to BI-National Capital Region (NCR) overall immigration area director Patch Arbas, Kwon was arrested last March 29 by operatives of the Immigration Area Office-NCR-South at his residence at Guada Sanchez Street, BF Resort, Las Piñas City.

“The arresting agents caught the Korean in the act of operating an internet gaming shop without the required working visa from the BI,” Arbas said.

Arbas also said that Kwon was previously issued a visa to work at the Clark Freeport Zone but such visa had already lapsed and his status had been downgraded to tourist.

Under immigration law, a foreigner is prohibited to work or engage in gainful activity in the country without securing a working visa from the BI. (PNA)

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