By Jun Ramirez
Officials of the Bureau of Immigration (BI) and Clark Development Corporation (CDC) apprehended 45 Chinese and 24 Koreans illegally working without appropriate visas.
The joint task force of the BI and CDC arrested the aliens at the Dongwang Clark Corporation and Clark Sunvalley Country Club last Monday.
BI Commissioner Jaime Morente disclosed that BI and CDC initially invited 93 foreign nationals for questioning and verification of travel documents after receiving reports that said aliens were working under tourist visas in construction sites.
Of 93 foreign nationals, 69 were charged for violation of Section 37 of the Philippine Immigration Act, while 24 Koreans were released after presenting valid working permits.
“This is a call to our kababayans to remain vigilant. Report all illegal activities of foreign nationals to the BI for appropriate action,” Morente added.
He mentioned that he found it “absurd that these aliens had the guts to conduct their illegal operations in the vicinity of the Philippine Immigration Academy.”
He added that their blatant disregard of the law would warrant their deportation.
All 69 foreign nationals were transported to the BI warden facility pending deportation proceedings.