BI nabs 5 foreign 'fugitives' in Boracay, Iloilo

Agents of the Bureau of Immigration (BI) have arrested five foreigners, four of them allegedly wanted in their respective countries for various offenses.

Immigration Commissioner Norman Tansingco said the foreigners, four Indians and a Taiwanese, were arrested in two separate operations conducted by operatives from the bureau’s fugitive search unit (FSU) in Iloilo City and Boracay, Aklan.

“These wanted foreigners will be expelled for being undesirable aliens and also for being undocumented as their passports were already cancelled by their respective governments,” Tansingco said.  “We will also place them in our blacklist to ban them from re-entering the country.”

Three of the Indians were arrested on March 7 in Iloilo City.  They were identified as Manpreet Singh, 23; Amritpal Singh, 24; and Arshdeep Singh, 26.

BI-FSU chief Rendel Ryan Sy said the three Indian fugitives are subject of warrants of arrest for charges of murder and other illegal activities.

Sy said that during the operation the arresting team chanced upon a certain Amrikh Singh, 33, who was also arrested for failure to present  travel document and suspected of being an illegal entrant.

Sy also bared that the Indians are being investigated by the government in New Delhi for their alleged ties to an extremist group known as the Khalistan Tiger Force.

Arrested in Boracay, Aklan was Taiwanese Lee He Zhan, 26, who is  wanted in his country for illegal drugs trade.

A warrant of arrest was issued against Lee by the district prosecutor’s office in Diaotou, Taiwan where he was charged for violating his country’s narcotics hazard prevention act.

All five aliens have been transferred to the BI’s facility in Bicutan, Taguig pending deportation.