MANILA, Philippines – The Bureau of Immigration (BI) is set to deport a total of 372 foreigners back to their country in different batches.
According to Department of Justice Secretary Jesus Crispin Remulla, the BI is finalizing arrangements for the deportation of 331 Chinese nationals, and 41 other foreigners who were previously arrested in separate operations by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), and of the Philippine National Police (PNP) in Pasig and Angeles this September.
He said, 43 of them have been turned over to BI, while the rest remain in the custody of those who arrested them in their agency.
He shared that the BI Board of Commissioners has already issued a Summary Deportation Order for the 372, and is finalizing arrangements for their deportation.
According to the BI, deportees must not have pending cases in the Philippines, and must have a valid travel document.
The BI has also contacted the NBI and the Chinese Embassy, requesting the speedy release of the necessary documents. After the documentation is completed, their departure can be scheduled, with costs borne by the deportees.
Meanwhile, BI Commissioner Norman Tansingco said that they have started the cancellation of the visas of 48,782 aliens working in POGO companies and service providers, whose “authority to operate” has been canceled or revoked by the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR).
Tansingco said that as an effect of the visa cancellation, the foreigners will be ordered to leave instead of being deported.
“This is the regular procedure for cancelled visas, and this is actually more economical and faster, as the costs for their departure will be shouldered by the aliens themselves,” ani Tansingco.
“In visa cancellation, aliens are given 59 days to depart the country. If they fail to leave, it is then that we initiate deportation proceedings,” dagdag pa nito. JAY Reyes
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