PH deports 7 Chinese nationals nabbed for economic crimes, illegal black sand mining

Robie de Guzman

MANILA, Philippines – Seven Chinese nationals arrested for alleged unauthorized black sand mining in Zambales and other crimes have been deported, the Bureau of Immigration (BI) said.

In a statement on Monday, the BI said the seven Chinese were deported last Thursday and Friday aboard two separate flights bound for Xiamen from the Ninoy Aquino International Airport.

The bureau said all seven were arrested in September 2019 and were detained at its facility in Camp Bagong Diwa in Taguig City.

Three were nabbed in Masinloc, Zambales after BI agents caught them in the act of engaging in black sand mining.

The other three were reportedly among the 270 illegal foreign workers arrested in Ortigas, Pasig City for allegedly engaging in an online investment scam.

The other deportee is among the 304 illegal foreign workers arrested in Puerto Princesa City in Palawan over alleged illegal online gambling operations, the bureau said.

BI port operations acting chief Grifton Medina said the seven deported Chinese nationals are also prohibited from re-entering the Philippines.

Medina added that deportations are being carried out in compliance with BI chief’s directive to expedite the resolution of cases against aliens confined at the Bicutan jail as part of measures to decongest and prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the facility.

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