ILOILO City – The Bureau of Immigration is investigating 32 Indian nationals in Iloilo province for alleged illegal activities. Unlike so-called “Sanctuary Cities” in the States, their immigration documents will be reviewed for any criminal acts. Its an Iloilo City crackdown on illegal Indians as ordered by BI Commissioner Jaime Morente.
Eight of the 32 Indians were women and they were held at the Iloilo Police Provincial Office in Santa Barbara, Iloilo.
Commissioner Jaime Morente recently ordered the bureau’s regional office to countercheck undocumented foreign nationals in Western Visayas, particularly those in Iloilo.
According to Hinolan, the bureau received information that some Indian nationals were involved in the following:
- illegal drugs
- human smuggling
- kidnapping of fellow Indian nationals
- and falsification of documents.
On March 8, 2017 two Indians were arrested in an entrapment operation of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Region 6.
They allegedly tried to bribe PDEA agents into releasing a compatriot nabbed in an antidrug operation.
The two were Joginder Pal Tangri and Tehal Singh of San Pedro, Molo district. PDEA claimed they offered P100,000, 2,000 U.S. Dollars to an agency personnel to release Amandeep Tangri.
Amandeep was arrested for possessing 10 grams of shabu.
Hinolan said Amandeep faces deportation for being an overstaying alien.
Amandeep arrived in the Philippines on Jan. 30, 2011 as a tourist.
Since 2011, Amandeep did not have a record of departure.
On the other hand, immigration records showed Joginder had been blacklisted by the Bureau and that his visa already expired.
Tehal Singh’s visa, meanwhile, expired in 2009.[i]
The Bureau of Immigration is cracking down on foreigners across the Philippines that have overstayed their visas. And yes, there are reported to be cases of foreigners in Guimaras, our island province, who have also overstayed their visas by years.
Me? I have a 13a Permanent Visa like many of my expat friends on the island who are in the Philippines legally. I make my Annual Report as a Foreigner every year at the local Immigration Office in Iloilo. Why screw up a good thing and risk getting kicked out of the country?
[Editor’s Note: Lead photo with Indians in handcuffs was NOT taken at the Iloilo City Bureau of Immigration.]
[i] RUBY P. SILUBRICO (2018, January 9) 32 Indians face probe for ‘illegal activities.’ Retrieved from Panay News. http://www.panaynews.net/32-indians-face-probe-for-illegal-activities/