FOR working in the country without the required permits, a total of 21 Chinese nationals spent Christmas behind bars following their arrest by Bureau of Immigration (BI) agents.
BI acting intelligence chief Fortunato Manahan Jr. stated in his report to BI Commissioner Jaime Morente, that the Chinese nationals were arrested December 18 at two shopping malls in Pasay City where they were caught in the act of selling retail goods to the public.
The operation came after informants tipped the bureau about the presence of foreign nationals working inside the said malls without working visas. Said foreigners continued to sell at the malls even after BI agents raided the same establishment more than a month ago and arrested several illegal foreign vendors.
Manahan said 12 of the Chinese vendors were arrested at the One Shopping Center while nine others were rounded up at the nearby Two Shopping Center, both located in Baclaran, Pasay.
‘Most of those arrested are in the country as mere tourists or temporary visitors while some could not even present their travel documents.
These aliens seemed to be “taking advantage of the holiday rush” by selling retail goods,’ Manahan said.
The arrested aliens are presently detained at the BI detention facility in Camp Bagong Diwa, Taguig City. They will be deported for violating the conditions of their stay in the country and for engaging in gainful activity without the necessary permits.