PH deports over 300 Chinese nationals allegedly involved in telco fraud

Robie de Guzman

MANILA, Philippines – More than 300 Chinese nationals reportedly involved in telecommunications fraud were deported on Thursday, the Bureau of Immigration (BI) said.

In a statement, the BI announced it had deported 312 Chinese nationals who were allegedly part of the group arrested in a massive raid of an office purportedly operating a telecommunications investment fraud scheme in October.

Last October 9, BI operatives stormed an office in Pasay City and found 512 illegal foreign workers, including nationals from Myanmar, Malaysia, Vietnam, Taiwan, China and Indonesia.

BI Intelligence Chief Fortunato Manahan, Jr. called the operation a success after the implementation of the mass deportation.

“They will be deported (Thursday), and we are very much thankful to the NCRPO (National Capital Region Police Office) for assisting us in this operation,” Manahan was quoted as saying in the bureau’s statement.

Of the 312 deported Chinese nationals, 21 were said to be minors who have been turned over to the Chinese Embassy.

The deportees were flown home via five chartered flights.

The rest of the arrested individuals will be transferred to the Immigration’s Warden Facility pending the issuance of their deportation orders and clearances.

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