Japanese tourist nabbed for working without permit in Davao City

A Japanese tourist was arrested in Davao City by Bureau of Immigration (BI) agents for illegally working in the country, after his employees complained of maltreatment.

The Japanese was identified as Kiyoshi Yokoyama, 45, who was arrested last March 18 at an office in Davao City where he is allegedly employed as general manager.

The mission order for Yokoyama’s arrest was based on a complaint that the BI received from employees of the company who disclosed that he had been working in the country without the appropriate work permit and visa. The employees also demanded that Yokoyama be deported for being anti-Filipino because of his oppressive and abusive conduct towards company employees.

BI intelligence chief Fortunato Manahan, Jr. said a female employee had complained that last January 3, Yokoyama, in a fit of rage, threatened to physically harm her.

‘She said she felt very humiliated that all she could do was cry as the incident was reportedly witnessed by other employees, one of whom executed a separate affidavit recounting what he had seen,’ Manahan said.

Manahan said that a check of Yokoyama’s travel history showed that he been frequenting the country as tourist since 2013 and that there is no record that he obtained or applied for a working visa with the BI.

Upon verification with the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) office in Region 10, Yokoyama did not secure or apply for an alien employment permit (AEP), Manahan added.