Bureau of Immigration (BI) operatives announced the arrest of seven illegal aliens and the interception of eight trafficking victims.
BI Intelligence Division Chief Fortunato Manahan, Jr. detailed the arrest of five Koreans and two Vietnamese last February 11, who were caught working without permit in a construction site in Clark Sharp Hills, Angeles City, Pampanga. Said aliens were caught in the act of working as laborers in a construction site in the area.
‘We received reports that aliens were working in the site without the proper visas. We conducted a case buildup, and upon confirmation, the Commissioner issued a mission order to implement the arrest. Upon inspection, the 7 were found to be undocumented, hence they were arrested and will be subjected to deportation proceedings,” he added.
The aliens face immigration cases for violating the conditions of their stay by working without the appropriate permits, in violation of the Philippine Immigration Act of 1940. They are temporarily detained at the BI Detention Center in Bicutan, Taguig pending deportation proceedings.
Meanwhile, Manahan also reported the interception of 8 trafficking victims in 3 separate occasions.
Last February 24, Travel Control and Enforcement Unit (TCEU) officers intercepted four female victims who attempted to depart to Bangkok, Thailand at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3.
According to the report, the four initially pretended to be tourists traveling together for a vacation. However, it was found out that they were in possession of United Arab Emirates visas, and all eventually admitted to be bound for Dubai to work as household service workers. Upon interview, they alleged that their documents were processed by a fixer they only knew as Mark.
On February 27, operatives intercepted three more victims at the NAIA Terminal 3 who attempted to fly to Brunei.
Said victims claimed to be overseas Filipino workers (OFWs). However, system checks revealed that the overseas employment certificates (OECs) that they presented were falsified, and were found to belong to someone else.
Yesterday, a female underage victim attempted to fly out as an OFW to Riyadh at the NAIA Terminal 2.