Parañaque City, Philippines. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

The Bureau of Immigration (BI) arrested a total of 30 Chinese nationals who were found to be working illegally in Parañaque City in the Philippines.

Immigration authorities conducted raids at 16 establishments at the Solemare Parksuites and Aseana Power Station, Philippine News Agency reported. BI Commissioner Jaime Morente said the Chinese nationals violated the Philippine Immigration Act by not having proper work visas or permits. 

Morente explained that intelligence reports informed his department that numerous foreigners were working illegally in the area. “I immediately issued a mission order to conduct the arrests upon confirmation,” he said.

According to BI Intelligence Division Chief Fortunato Manahan Jr., most of the Chinese nationals had arrived in the Philippines on tourist visas, and were working as cooks, hairstylists or vendors. Many were undocumented and overstaying in the Philippines.

Manahan said another 17 Chinese nationals and one Taiwanese national who were also arrested during the raid were released after they presented valid documentation.

“I hope that this incident serves as a warning to all. We are serious in our drive against illegal aliens,” Manahan said.

The arrested foreigners will be temporarily detained at the BI Detention Center in Bicutan, pending deportation proceedings.

Last year, almost 400 foreign nationals were arrested for working illegally in the Philippines. Around 300 of them were Chinese nationals who were overstaying or working without a valid employment permit.

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