By Jun Ramirez
Bureau of Immigration (BI) Commissioner Jaime Morente announced Saturday the arrest of 105 foreigners, mostly Chinese nationals, in a raid of a business process outsourcing (BPO) company in Biñan, Laguna.
The BI chief said the foreigners were caught last Thursday by operatives from BI’s intelligence division (ID) working at a BPO without the necessary visas on Thursday morning.
“They failed to present any proof of identification, during verification formalities,” Morente added.
BI Spokesperson Dana Krizia Sandoval bared that of the 105 arrested aliens, 21 were female while 84 were male.
“There was even one minor—a 17 year old female—who was obviously trafficked to work here illegally, which brings the number to a total of 106,” she said.
Sandoval said the information about the illegal aliens came from complaints from the community.
The arrest included 97 Chinese, four Indonesians, three Malaysians, a Vietnamese, and a Laotian.
“They were arrested for violating the conditions of their stay as foreigners are not allowed to work here without the proper visas or permits,” she added.
She said that the foreign nationals will be detained at BI’s holding facility in Bicutan, Taguig while undergoing deportation proceedings.
The ID recommended the release of the minor under recognizance of her guardian, but may still be ordered to leave the country if found to have indeed engaged in illegal work.
Morente expressed dismay upon learning of big companies employing illegal aliens.
He warned that illegal aliens will be arrested and deported.
Morente encouraged citizens to report illegal aliens in their community, adding that “many of our arrests came from complaints.”