154 Chinese Nationals Arrested in Pampanga for Alleged Illegal Stay and Online Gambling

The Bureau of Immigration (BI) arrested a total of 154 Chinese nationals were arrested in Pampanga this Friday night, September 9, for being suspected as illegal aliens in the country and alleged involvement in illegal gambling online. The said arrest was made following a raid conducted at Dong Gwang Annex Building in Clark Field, Angeles City.

“The sustained effort to weed out illegal aliens and undocumented foreign nationals continues to gain ground with the help of our partners in law enforcement and the community,” BI Commissioner Jaime Morente was quoted in a statement, with the arrest being made through a mission order, and after several weeks of surveillance operation.

According to Sunstar, the 154 Chinese nationals were arrested at the 2nd and 3rd floors of their condominium through joint forces of members of the BI Intelligence Division and Angeles City Police Office, led by Police Senior Superintendent Sidney Villaflor. Morente noted that the arrested foreigners are now confined at the BI facility in Clark.

The arrested undocumented Chinese citizens are set to undergo summary deportation proceedings in violation of Philippine Immigration Act of 1940, and alleged engagement in in activities inimical to the public interest. Once proven guilty, they may be deported back to China. As of posting, their names nor photos have not yet been revealed in public.

Back in July, Morente announced the order of the stronger crackdown on undocumented foreigners in the Philippines. Without mentioning any particular nationality to focus on, the BI chief warned business owner who are cuddling illegal aliens, noting that they will also face charges if they will not send their “illegal employees” to their home countries.

“I have heard of special flights coming in and some flights bringing in drugs into the country. I would like to look into it,” Morente said at that time, adding that he will review the performance of each department and will not hesitate to make a revamp in the agency if necessary. The retired police general also warned BI officials who are involved in corruption.