BALANGA CITY, Bataan – A top official of the Authority of the Freeport Area of Bataan (AFAB) categorically denied that the 55 Chinese nationals apprehended on Tuesday afternoon (April 18) are engaged in illegal online gambling operation.
Engineer Emmanuel D. Pineda, chairman and administrator of AFAB, explained that the Bureau of Immigration with Chinese Police Senior Superintendent Fu Yun Fei and Jose Licas of the BI Fugitive Search Unit entered the premises of Grand Innovasia Concepts Corporation, a business process outsourcing industry, without proper coordination with the officials of the AFAB.
Pineda stressed that “we don’t harbor criminals in the country’s first export processing zone and there is no irregularity or cover-up in their employment as far as we are concerned “. He explained that the arrested Chinese nationals are not engaged in illegal transaction since they came to the AFAB two years ago.
The cancellation of the 77 Chinese nationals’ working visa on April 17, 2017 by the Chinese Embassy in Manila was based on documents that they allegedly committed economic crimes in their homeland.
The Chinese government allegedly failed to advise the government that these foreigners had derogatory records when they applied for working visas.
The twenty-two (22) other Chinese nationals were nowhere to be found after searching for several hours the Bataan Freeport Zone periphery.
The BI-FSU was still verifying the identities of the Chinese nationals and was checking if they were the ones whose passports have been cancelled by the Chinese government, making them illegal aliens in the Philippines.
“There are warrants of arrest issued by the Chinese government against them. We conducted a law enforcement operation by virtue of a mission order issued by Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente,” Licas added.
The Bureau of Immigration is reportedly opting to file cases for violation of immigration rules and regulations against the 55 illegal aliens. Likewise, the BOI will coordinate with the National Bureau of Investigation if any of the suspects has an existing criminal case in the country. Those with cases will be detained, while those without will be deported.