300 Taiwanese 'cybercriminals' to be deported Wednesday

By Ira Pedrasa, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 18 2012 08:59 PM | Updated as of Sep 19 2012 07:10 AM

MANILA, Philippines – Around 300 Taiwanese involved in cybercrime will be deported on Wednesday, September 19, a source told ABS-CBNnews.com on Tuesday.

The foreigners, who are currently detained at a gymnasium inside Camp General Vicente Lim in Canlubang, Laguna, will leave for the airport at around 2 a.m.

Their flight to Taiwan is scheduled to depart the Ninoy Aquino International Airport at around 6 a.m.

The Taiwanese are wanted by authorities in their home country for their alleged involvement in large-scale cybercrimes.

Justice Secretary Leila de Lima previously ordered a halt to the deportation supposedly after President Aquino rebuked the Bureau of Immigration.

De Lima also stopped the deportation because she wanted to file criminal charges against them.

However, de Lima changed her mind on Friday and approved the deportation.