Palace: Illegal Chinese workers face deportation

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first_imgPresidential spokesperson SalvadorPanelo said Chinese nationals without proper travel papers but who were able toenter the country by paying immigration officers will be “deportedimmediately.” The scheme was called “pastillas”because the money was allegedly concealed in rolled bond paper that is akin tothe wrapper for the milk candy./PN PHOTO BY NIKKEI “Yunglahat sa NAIA (Ninoy Aquino InternationalAirport), file-lan mo ng kaso tapospinaalis ko na with the end view of dismissal. ‘Yung sa Customs, 83 of them for dismissal. So do not tempt thegods, we are not gods. What I’m saying is just a figure of speech. Do not temptthe gods, just do your work, I will protect you. Stay aligned,” he added. Sen. Risa Hontiveros on Mondayrevealed that some erring BI personnel are receiving P10,000 as “grease money”from Chinese nationals who want to get special treatment upon their arrival inthe Philippines. “Bastamay iligal na ginawa, ang Ppresidente natin palaging [sinasabi] ipatupad angbatas,” Panelo said in a media briefing. “(On Wednesday), I terminated all sa kay Morente. Apparently, si Morente mahal ko ‘yan kasi chief of police ‘yan dito, mabait ‘yan. Kung hindi niya kaya, sabihan ko, limitado manrin kasi siya sa ano,” Duterte said. President Rodrigo Duterte had alsoordered the relief of BI officials and employees linked to the modus. TheNational Bureau of Investigation and the BI are looking into an alleged scheme. However, President Duterte said onThursday evening that he still trust BI Commissioner Jaime Morente despite theemergence of “pastillas” scheme under the latter’s watch. Panelo and Guevarra’s statements cameafter the Senate and the Immigration bureau launched separate investigations onthe so-called “pastillas” scheme, in which Chinese casino high-rollers andoffshore gaming operation workers allegedly skip the usual immigration processfor a fee. “But if they are legitimate, but weremerely extended ‘escort service’ by some BI personnel for a fee, then it’s thelatter who will be dealt with accordingly,” Guevarra said. MANILA – Chinese workers who illegallyentered the Philippines will be deported, Malacañang said following theuncovering of the “pastillas” scheme at the Bureau of Immigration (BI). Department of Justice secretaryMenardo Guevarra echoed Panelo’s remarks.last_img

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