The Bureau of Immigration started deporting more than 300 Chinese nationals allegedly involved in telecommunication fraud on Thursday.
The first batch of the 312 Chinese nationals was sent out on a chartered China Eastern flight to Shijiaxuang in Hebei Province and Changchun in Jilin Province. The next batches will leave the country on Thursday night.
The deported nationals were part of the over 500 foreign workers arrested last October 9 for working in the Philippines without appropriate permits. 21 minors nabbed from the same anti-fraud raid are also going to be deported.
A total of 512 Asian nationals were arrested in the raid at an illegal business process outsourcing (BPO) company in Parañaque City, 424 of them were Chinese, 45 came from Myanmar, 25 from Malaysia, 23 from Vietnam, four from Taiwan, and three were from Indonesia. Initial investigation by police showed that the foreign workers were allegedly part of a telecommunications investment fraud scheme.
The rest of the arrested in the raid will be transferred to the Immigration Warden Facility pending the issuance of their deportation orders and clearances, BI said.
For this year, the Bureau of Immigration (BI) has already arrested around 1,400 improperly documented foreign workers. BI said it has strict measures in monitoring illegal entry and improper documentation of foreign nationals in the country.