BI charges 4 alien drug suspects for immigration law violations

MANILA — Charges of violating Philippine immigration laws have been lodged against four foreigners who were arrested recently for manufacturing and smuggling illegal drugs.

According to Bureau of Immigration (BI) Commissioner Jaime Morente, three of the suspects were Taiwanese nationals identified as Shi Ming Tsai, Kuo Chuan Cheng and Chun Ming Lin while the other one is a Zhou Liming, a Chinese woman.

The three were arrested by Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) operatives last July 5 at a house in Las Piñas City where some 298 kilos of shabby were allegedly discovered.

The Chinese national was apprehended by Customs operatives at the Mactan airport for allegedly trying to bring in more than five kilos of shabby into the country.

Arvin Cesar Santos, BI Legal division chief, said the foreign nationals were all charged with undesirability, which is punishable with summary deportation under the Philippine immigration act.

“They are all undesirable aliens as their presence here poses a risk to the public interest,” he explained.

Santos added that their names were placed in the immigration watchlist to prevent them from fleeing while the cases against them are being tried by the courts.

On the other hand, Morente noted that the four are undergoing deportation proceedings, however, they will not be expelled until after the criminal cases that were filed against them are decided by the courts.

“If they are convicted they will have to first serve their jail sentences before we can deport them,” the BI chief explained.

Once they have served their jail terms and were deported, the aliens will be placed in the immigration blacklist and banned from re-entering the Philippines. PNA/