Intelligence agents from the Office of Immigration (BI) have arrested 20 Chinese nationals who reportedly were staying illegally in the country.
Immigration commissioner Jaime Morente said the foreigners were arrested Friday while they were selling goods in shopping mall 11/88 on Reina Regente Street in Divisoria, Manila.
They were transferred to the BI prison in Bicutan, Taguig City.
Morente said that the 20 foreigners would undergo a brief expulsion procedure to work without a permit and to violate the conditions of their stay.
According to him, most of the arrested were only tourists, making it illegal for them to participate in a profitable activity in the country.
Acting head of the immigration service Fortunato Manahan Jr. said the operation was motivated by complaints sent to the BI about the presence of foreigners in the shopping center who sold goods.
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"We will be recommending to our Legal Department the submission of deportation powers against them for violating our immigration laws," said Manahan.
An initial investigation showed that some of the arrested visas had expired, while others seemed undocumented because they could not show their passports and visas.
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