The Bureau of Immigration (BI) has arrested 332 foreign nationals, mostly Chinese, whom they discovered to be working in the country without the requisite work visas
Of those arrested by the BI, in cooperation with the National Bureau of Investigation, 323 were Chinese nationals, eight Malaysians and an Indonesian.
BI Commissioner Jaime Morente said they were allegedly involved in online gambling, internet fraud and assorted cyber-crime activities.
Morente said they were rounded up in a workplace in Bamban, Tarlac while manning computers as well as other electronic devices when they could not produce any work documents.
BI spokesperson Dana Sandoval said the arrested face immediate deportation for violating the Philippine Immigration Act of 1940.
For sure, they were among some three million passengers who had been previously allowed entry into the country via the controversial Visa-Upon-Arrival (VUA) program.
Sen. Risa Hontiveros had exposed the VUA program as one big human trafficking racket which generated billions in bribes for corrupt Immigration officers at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport since it was established in 2017.