The Bureau of Immigration (BI) announced the arrest of 3 illegal aliens attempting to depart the country, all of whom were wanted by immigration authorities for several offenses.
In a report to BI Commissioner Norman Tansingco, the BI’s border control intelligence unit (BCIU) said that the 3 foreigners were intercepted in separate incidents this week.
The BCIU first identified Liu Shengtao, 44, Chinese, who was apprehended at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 3 on January 14 as he attempted to board a Singapore-bound flight.
Liu, a fugitive wanted by the Chinese authorities for covering and concealing criminal proceeds, has been in the Philippines with a working visa issued in 2022. The BI received information about Liu’s crimes in China on September 2023, triggering an investigation to locate and arrest him.
Liu is reportedly wanted for his involvement in covering up and concealing criminal proceeds, in violation of Chinese laws.
Subsequently, Aoi Ikeda, 36, Japanese, was intercepted on January 15 at the NAIA Terminal 3 while attempting to depart an Emirates flight to Dubai.
According to records, several complaints have been filed with the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) for his involvement in a company that allegedly operates scams. He is said to be the president of a Philippine-based business process outsourcing (BPO) company based in Makati.
Ikeda was last admitted to the country in August 2023 under a working visa and is now facing deportation for undesirability.
BI nabs 3 illegal aliens at NAIA
Tansingco also disclosed the arrest of Taiwanese fugitive Chai, Kaw-Sing, 48, the following day at the NAIA Terminal 3 as he attempted to board a Cathay Pacific flight to Hong Kong.
According to Tansingco, Chai last entered the country with an Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Business Travel Card (ABTC), which is given to individuals and government officials engaged in APEC business.
Chai was, however, found to be the subject of an Interpol Red Notice for fraudulent fundraising.
Tansingco then issued a statement condemning fugitives from justice finding refuge in the country.
“The Philippines is not a haven for criminals,” he said. “The BI is committed to ensure that fugitives are brought to justice, and we stand ready to collaborate with our international partners to maintain the integrity of our borders and uphold the rule of law,” he added.
All three foreign nationals will be detained in the BI warden facility in Camp Bagong Diwa, Taguig, pending issuance of their summary deportation.