35 Chinese workers held

A TOTAL of 35 Chinese men working as construction workers in a subdivision in Parañaque were arrested by the Bureau of Immigration (BI) yesterday.

It was learned from BI Intelligence Division Chief Fortunato Manahan, Jr. that the arrest stemmed from a complaint against aliens causing trouble at a construction site in Parañaque.

‘The location keeps on popping in different complaints, so this prompted us to conduct surveillance in the area and we indeed confirmed the presence of these illegal workers,’ he said, adding that at least two Philippine construction companies that are building projects in three different streets in the village were involved in the hiring of the illegal aliens.

Manahan said that armed with a Mission Order from BI Commissioner Jaime Morente, the 27-man intelligence team arrested the Chinese nationals who were caught in clear violation of the conditions of their stay and red-handedly, while doing manual labor such as tile setting, finishing works, wood works and other construction activities.

Under BI policies, Manahan said foreign nationals are disallowed from engaging in work involving manual labor.

It will be recalled that previously, the BI also arrested 34 Chinese construction workers in a building along Macapagal Avenue.  

Manahan said the aliens even refused to identify themselves, but assured that ‘a thorough biometric records check will reveal their true identities.’