Santiago to probe illegal Chinese laborers-A A +A
Saturday, November 2, 2013
SENATOR Miriam Defensor Santiago has sought an inquiry into growing number of Chinese men illegally working in the country's construction sector.
The senator suspects that a "big fish" is behind the trafficking of these undocumented and unregistered Chinese nationals into the country.
Santiago, a former immigration commissioner, said she will conduct an investigation on the reported 3,000 unregistered and undocumented Chinese nationals working in the country, specifically in Luzon, as construction workers.
In Resolution 288, Santiago said the Senate must conduct a public hearing on the issue after the reported apprehension of these illegal workers.
"The State shall pursue an independent foreign policy. In its relations with other states, the paramount consideration shall be national sovereignty, territorial integrity, national interest, and the right to self determination," Santiago said in her resolution.
The Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP) earlier asked the proper government agencies to look into the matter carefully, as these Chinese men are working for a multinational private company in Bataan and Batangas.
Santiago said Congress must formulate laws and proper measures that will be strictly enforced.
"We are talking here of sovereignty and the violation that is being committed for allowing these Chinese nationals to work in our country without any legal papers" said Santiago, adding that the possibility of the proliferation of Chinese nationals illegally working and residing in the country is high.
The TUCP officials reportedly said that this "phenomenon has very serious adverse implications not only for the local construction industry but also in the current unemployment and underemployment situation in the country."
Santiago said that the presence of illegal aliens working in the country without proper documentations undermines the job creation efforts of the government and endangers the job security of the people.
The TUCP reportedly sought the help of the Bureau of Immigration, local officials like the mayors and regional labor officers to step in and assert government power and authority.
Santiago said that those behind the illegal entry of these Chinese nationals must be held answerable. (Camille P. Balagtas/Sunnex)