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The foreign nationals are now under investigation.
The Bureau of Immigration (BI) nabbed 17 Chinese nationals working as vendors in a raid in Divisoria, Manila.
In a report by the Philippine News Agency, the raid happened on Monday, November 25 through an order by BI Commissioner Jaime Morente after receiving a complaint from local vendors.
“We were initially targeting one individual but upon arriving at the scene, we saw foreign nationals selling garlic, onions, and other produce,” said BI Intelligence Division chief Fortunato Manahan.
He adds that the foreigners were selling on sidewalks, and they did not possess proper immigration visas or permits.
The operation resulted in 20 people being arrested, however, three were able to show documents to prove that they are Filipino citizens.
“Do not attempt to try to earn off the holiday rush through illegal means. Foreign nationals must comply with our laws, lest face deportation,” Morente warned.
The 17 arrested Chinese nationals were transported to the BI Detention Facility and are awaiting deportation proceedings.