AFTER being caught illegally working in several business establishments at a subdivision in Parañaque City, nine Korean nationals are now facing deportation following their arrest by agents of the Intelligence Division of the Bureau of Immigration (BI).
In his report to BI Commissioner Jaime Morente, Intelligence chief Fortunato ‘Jun’ Manahan Jr. said the Koreans were apprehended last September 18 in various establishments in BF Homes, Parañaque, while working in stores, restaurants and a language school. They were identified as Seongjin Chung, Heak-yung Pyun, Doyeon Kim, Myoungkyu Seong, Eun Kyung Lee, Kwan Soo Heo, Jeong Dong Kim, Sanghwan Pyun, and Song Min Sup.
“Initial investigation revealed that these aliens are either tourists, undocumented or holders of work visas acquired through misrepresentation. They will thus undergo deportation proceedings for violating the conditions of their stay in the country,” Manahan said.
The operation was conducted by the BI-Intelligence Division due to complaints received by the bureau about several Koreans working in various stores and other establishments in the said subdivision.
Based on information, Manahan and his operatives conducted surveillance activities to verify reports received about illegal aliens in the area and it turned out that the entire street had foreigners who are improperly documented.
It was learned that three of the nine Koreans held only tourist visas, while three others had working visas but were not working for the employers who petitioned them. The status of the three other Koreans are still being verified.
Manahan said foreign nationals are required to secure a work visa before engaging in commercial activities in the country and those found violating the country’s immigration and labor laws by working without the proper permits and visas will be deported and blacklisted.