MANILA, Philippines — Authorities arrested 81 Chinese nationals at the Burgundy Corporate Tower along Gil Puyat Avenue in Makati City at nine in the evening Tuesday .
The Chinese nationals were arrested for violating Philippine immigration laws.
Based on the mission order from the Ministry of Public Security of China sent to the Chinese embassy in the Philippines, the Bureau of Immigration conducted a manhunt operation against the Chinese fugitives who are facing cyber fraud charges in China.
With the Chinese police and Counter Intelligence Task Force of the Philippine National Police (PNP), authorities raided the 26th floor of the building where the suspects were allegedly working.
Among the arrested was the leader of the group, and several others confirmed to be on the list of fugitives with warrants of arrest in China.
Authorities also arrested other Chinese nationals caught with the fugitives for failing to present legal documents on their immigration status.
“Several names that were provided by the Chinese embassy matched the identities that were also present in that area which is why automatically we apprehended them. The others failed to present any immigration document when they were required to do so,” said Bureau of Immigration Chief of Fugitive Search Unit Bobby Raquepo.
The Chinese nationals were brought to the office of the Bureau of Immigration in Intramuros Manila for further investigation and verification of their immigration status.
They will undergo inquest proceedings for cases in connection with their possible violation of the Philippines’ immigration laws.
The arrested Chinese nationals proven to have violated the country’s criminal laws will also face charges.
The suspects will be detained inside the Bureau of Immigration warden facility at Camp Bagong Diwa in Taguig City. — Asher Cadapan| UNTV News & Rescue
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