70 Korean students face deportation raps

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Thursday, January 13, 2011


AT LEAST 70 Koreans national, mostly minors, are likely to be expelled from the Philippines for illegally studying in the country, the Bureau of Immigration (BI) reported Thursday.

Immigration officer-in-charge Ronaldo Ledesma said the minors will be sent back to Korea for their failure to secure proper documentations in enrolling in any Philippine school.

Foreign minors who are entering the country should secure a waiver of exclusion ground (WEG) from the BI and pay necessary fees.

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Early this month, the children were rounded up inside an English language learning center at Fantasy World Resort grounds in Lemery town in Batangas.

Likewise, the owners of the school, who were also Koreans, will be deported for illegally conducting business in the country without authority.

Ledesma identified the school operators as Hye Young Kim, Myeong Sun Jeon, Ji Yeoun Lee, Bac Chang Tin, Kim Gie Sou, Moon I Ho, and Kwang Ye Lee.

Faizal Hussin, BI intelligence chief, said the arrest stemmed from the complaint of jueteng whistleblower Sandra Cam, who exposed the language center’s illegal operations.

The complainant alleged that the language center was using the name of her school, the Nazareth Institute of Alfonso, without permission. (FP/Sunnex)

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