MANILA, Philippines - The Bureau of Immigration (BI) said Thursday that 70 Korean students are facing deportation for illegally entering the country.
Immigration officer-in-charge Ronaldo Ledesma their agents rounded up the Korean students during a raid in an English language learning center inside the Fantasy World Resort in Lemery, Batangas, last January 7.
"All of the Korean youngsters did not have the necessary special study permits (SSPs) which foreign minors must secure from the BI before enrolling in any Philippine school," Ledesma said in a statement.
He said the BI discovered the illegal operation of the language school through a complaint filed by jueteng whistleblower Sandra Cam.
He said Cam had complained that the school uses her own school's name -- Nazareth Institute of Alfonso -- without her permission.
Ledesma said that the BI also found out that the students, who are all minors, illegally entered the country.
He said 7 Korean adults, who illegally operate the language school, facilitated the students' illegal entry to the Philippines.
He added that 6 of the Korean adults are also working in the country without necessary immigration permits.
The 6 Koreans, who entered the country as tourists, were identified as Hye Young Kim, Myeong Sun Jeon, Ji Yeoun Lee, Bac Chang Tin, Kim Gie Sou, and Moon I Ho.
Ledesma said the 7th Korean adult, Kwang Ye Lee, is a permanent resident but his visa will be canceled for violating the conditions of his stay in the country.
Ledesma said the 70 students and the 7 Korean adults will be deported and included in the BI's blacklist.