MANILA - Immigration officials arrested 'overstaying and undocumented' 324 Chinese workers allegedly engaged in cybercrimes and other illegal activities in Puerto Princesa City, Palawan on Monday.
The suspects were reportedly rounded up in 8 hotels and establishments.
"They will undergo deportation proceedings for violating the conditions of their stay in the country and working here without permits. Initial reports indicate that most of these aliens are overstaying and undocumented,” BI Commissioner Jaime Morente said.
BI seized hundreds of laptops, cellular phones, and gadgets during the operations conducted against the suspects, whom mostly were not able to show their passports or any travel documents.
BI Acting Intelligence Chief Fortunato Manahan Jr. said the operations were conducted following reports and complaints from local officials in Puerto Princesa about the presence of many illegal Chinese workers in the city.