138 Chinese held in crackdown on illegal workers-A A +A
Friday, October 4, 2013
THE Bureau of Immigration (BI) on Friday morning rounded up 138 Chinese nationals suspected to be working at a construction site in Batangas without the necessary work permit and visa.
Siegfred Mison, BI officer-in-charge, said they swoop down on the project site of the NEPC Power Corp. at Barangay Putting Bato, Calaca after receiving reports that the foreigners are working there.
The arrested illegal workers were brought to the Immigration Field Office in Batangas City for interview, verification and inquest proceedings, Mison said in a statement.
Mison noted that none of the foreign workers could show their passports or any travel documents when questioned by a team of BI agents backed up by elements from the Calaca town police.
He said that a preliminary investigation will be conducted prior to the possible filing of charges against the foreign nationals for violating the conditions of their stay in the country.
"We will deport them immediately once the Board of Commissioners established that they have been working here without a visa," the BI chief added.
Meanwhile, Mison reiterated the advisory it issued to companies regarding the hiring of foreigner workers.
"We therefore reiterate our call to companies to ensure that foreign nationals they employ have the necessary permits to work in the Philippines," he said.
As of press time, BI Acting Intelligence Chief Jose Carlitos Licas said the illegal workers are still being questioned by prosecutors from the Law and Investigation Department, which will later file the appropriate charges before the BI Board of Commissioners. (FP/Sunnex)