The Bureau of Immigration (BI) said its operatives from its Fugitive Search Unit (FSU) have arrested last January 8, a Chinese man and two Chinese women wanted by authorities in their home country for involvement in economic crimes.
In a statement, Immigration Commissioner Norman Tansingco identified the fugitive arrested in Brgy. Tambo in Paranaque as Cheung Wa, 56.
Cheung is wanted by the Public Security Bureau of Fuding City for involvement in economic crimes in China. He was said to have established several investment companies which defrauded more than 100 victims under the guise of a real estate company promising high interest rates. The scam cost its victims more than 40 million RMB or approximately 326.5 million Pesos.
Also arrested on same date are Chau Mut Hing, 63, and Zhang Yi, 50. The duo were collared in an establishment in New Seaside Drive, Parañaque City.
Tansingco said that the two are subject of arrest warrants issued last December by prosecutor’s offices in Yangzhou, Jiangsu province and Shanghai City, respectively.
They were accused of being members of a syndicate that engages in oil smuggling, and production of counterfeit commodities.
BI FSU Chief Rendell Ryan Sy shared that the three fugitives were immediately turned over to the BI’s Warden Facility in Bicutan, Taguig where they shall remain detained pending their deportation.
BI probes employees tagged in human trafficking
Bureau of Immigration (BI) Commissioner Norman Tansingco shared that two personnel have been relieved from their posts following reports of involvement in illegal activities.
In an order signed last January 17, Tansingco relieved two immigration officers after receiving intelligence reports that they have been involved in trafficking activities at the Clark International Airport (CIA), and the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).
“We have received information that the two have links to trafficking syndicates,” said Tansingco. “We are initiating an investigation to verify this information, and if there is indeed probable cause, we shall file the appropriate case before the Department of Justice (DOJ),” he added.
Tansingco said that as a preventive measure, the two will temporarily be assigned to back-end office duties pending the investigation.
“While imposing penalties would be subject to the resolution of possible cases against them, we are relieving them from frontline duty to ensure unbiased investigation,” shared Tansingco.
He further warned employees not to be involved in illegal activities, lest face administrative cases, suspension, or dismissal.
“The elimination of corruption is really one of my main targets in the Bureau,” said Tansingco. “Any attempt to engage with corrupt practices shall be met with the harshest penalties possible,” he warned.