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The second group of ex-POGO employees from China deported: BI

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The Bureau of Immigration (BI) said on Thursday that the second group of Chinese nationals who had previously worked for Philippine Offshore Gaming Operations (POGO) had been expelled.

21 Chinese nationals reportedly boarded a Philippine Airlines flight on Wednesday afternoon headed for Wuhan, China, according to BI Commissioner Norman Tansingco.

Agents from the BI’s Warden Facility Protection Unit, Border Control and Intelligence Unit, and Intelligence Division were accompanying them.

According to Tansingco, the most recent deportation has been informed to Justice Secretary Jesus Crispin Remulla.

“We’ll see to it that individuals who engage in criminal activity are banned and deported. This is to establish a secure environment for foreign nationals who adhere to immigration laws and are legitimately present in the country, the head of the BI stated in a statement.

The first group of six Chinese nationals was deported on October 19.

More than 300 foreign people, predominantly Chinese, had been detained by local law enforcement for participating in unlawful internet gambling, and the BI had already announced that they would be deported.

After the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. (PAGCOR) withdrew the licenses of the POGOs employing them, the bureau canceled their visas.

Tansingco stated that they anticipate the execution of the subsequent deportation to take place shortly and added that they are carefully working with the Chinese Embassy to ensure the prompt issuance of the deportees’ travel documents.

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