By Jun Ramirez
Bureau of Immigration (BI) intelligence agents arrested Thursday evening 30 Chinese nationals found to be working illegally in several establishments in Parañaque.
BI Commissioner Jaime Morente said the foreigners were caught working without the proper visa in violation of the Philippine Immigration Act.
The raid targeted 16 establishments at the Solemare Parksuites and Aseana Power Station, both located in the vicinity of the Diosdado Macapagal Boulevard.
“Our intel has received anonymous information that numerous foreigners were working illegally in the area,” said Morente.
BI intelligence chief Fortunato Manahan, Jr. disclosed that they conducted prior surveillance in the area, and arrested aliens caught in the act working as cooks, hairstylists, and vendors.
“Most of them were working under a tourist visa, while others were undocumented and overstaying,” he added.
Manahan revealed that another 17 Chinese and one Taiwanese citizens were also arrested during the raid, but were later released upon presentation of proper permits.