The Bureau of Immigration (BI) has taken custody of two Chinese nationals accused of rape to prevent them from being granted bail for temporary freedom, pending the outcome of the court’s decision on the case.
BI Commissioner Norman Tansingco said that the Philippine National Police (PNP) previously arrested Liu Yong, 28, and Sun Laizheng, 35, for rape.
“Nakatanggap kami ng coordination letter mula sa PNP Pasay City tungkol sa paglilipat nina Liu at Sun ng kanilang kustodiya sa amin,” he said.
(We received a coordination letter from the PNP Pasay City regarding the transfer of Liu and Sun’s custody to us.)
Informed sources said the practice of police authorities to turn over BI aliens facing criminal charges is intended to prevent bail to be granted temporary freedom while the court hears the case.
Tansingco said Liu and Sun have been in the country since 2018 and 2019, respectively.
The BI charged the two for violating the conditions and limitations of their stay as non-immigrants, public charge, and presenting a clear and present danger to the public welfare.
“Malubhang banta sila sa ating mga kababaihan at mga bata at walang lugar para sa mga ganitong uri ng dayuhan sa ating bansa,” said Tansingco.
BI takes custody of 2 Chinese rape suspects
Meanwhile, the Bureau of Immigration (BI) issued another warning against scammers offering immigration services to foreign nationals.
In a statement, BI Commissioner Norman Tansingco reiterated previous warnings against scammers that offer to fix BI-related documents.
The warning comes after two separate interceptions at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) and the BI Main Office.
Intercepted last October 25 by BI airport personnel at the NAIA Terminal 1 was an American citizen who presented a spurious exit clearance.