The Bureau of Immigration (BI) said its agents have arrested two Chinese nationals, who have been in the Bureau’s wanted list for blatantly violating the country’s penal and immigration laws.
In a statement, Immigration Commissioner Norman Tansingco bared that the two aliens were arrested in separate operations by immigration officers and elements from the Border Control and Intelligence Unit (BCIU) of the BI Intelligence Division at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).
Tansingco identified one of the aliens as Cai Xiaoming, 43, who was intercepted on May 20 at NAIA’s Terminal 1 after BI officers found that the passenger’s name is in the Bureau’s list of persons with court-issued hold departure orders (HDOs).
It was learned that Cai, who arrived from Quanzhou, China, was issued a HDO by the Pangasinan regional trial court in September after he was criminally charged for tax evasion.
Tansingco said the BI is already investigating how Cai managed to leave the country despite the said HDO. He was arrested pursuant to Section 37(a)7 of the Philippine Immigration Act of 1940 for evasion of departure immigration inspection.
The BI Chief also disclosed that last May 24, BI agents also arrested at the NAIA Terminal 1 Chinese fugitive Wang Zili, 27, who was about to leave for Shanghai.
2 Chinese men arrested at NAIA
Wang is allegedly one of 16 Chinese nationals who were recently placed in the BI’s watchlist after the Bureau was informed that they are wanted in China for involvement in economic crimes.
Both Cai and Wang are presently detained at the BI Warden Facility in Camp Bagong Diwa, Taguig City.
Meanwhile, four Japanese nationals wanted in their home country have successfully been deported by the Bureau of Immigration (BI) last week.
The four Japanese identified as Fujita Kairi, 24; Kumai Hitomi, 25; Terashima Haruma, 28; and Sato Shohei, 32, boarded a Japan airlines flight to Narita after having been tagged as undesirable aliens by the BI.
Fujita and Kumai were arrested by operatives of the BI’s Fugitive Search Unit (FSU) on March 10 in Paranaque City. The two have standing arrest warrants issued by the Tokyo Summary Court on September 2022 for theft in violation of the Japanese Penal Code. Both were suspected to be involved in the ‘Luffy’ case that previously made headlines in Japan for committing a string of violent crimes in Tokyo.