Tony Sy, the controversial Chinese businessman involved in alleged cyber fraud and wildlife trafficking in Palawan, is seen inside the AVSECOM office at the Puerto Princesa City International Airport on October 17 before his flight to Manila where he will be detained at Lower Bicutan, Taguig by the Bureau of Immigration. (Contributed photo)

Controversial Chinese businessman Tony Sy has been transferred by the Bureau of Immigration (BI) from Puerto Princesa City to its detention center in Lower Bicutan, Taguig.

Also known as “Tony Tan” and “Tony Yan”, Sy was turned over at 8 a.m. on October 17 by the 3rd Marine Brigade to the BI, confirmed immigration bureau spokesperson Dana Krizia Sandoval in a phone interview Friday.

Sandoval said Sy, whose real Chinese name is Yuan Jin Lu, already has a deportation order that “cannot be implemented yet” because he has a “pending case” in a court in Manila.

Chinese businessman Tony Tan with personnel of the Bureau of Immigration and the Chinese Embassy following his turn over to their custody on October 17. (Contributed photo)

“If they have a local case, hindi pa natin ma-i-implement ‘yan, unless ma-resolve or may resolution na ang kanilang local cases,” Sandoval said.

“Ito pong si Tony Sy in particular, meron siyang court hearing ngayon — kung hindi ako nagkakamali it’s today that’s why he was transferred here in Bicutan,” she added.

Sandoval is unable to disclose the details of the case Sy is facing in Manila.

She said they have to wait for the decision of the court before Sy is deported to China.

Sandoval also denied claims that Sy, who was implicated in Chinese cyber fraud and wildlife trafficking in Palawan, was brought to Bicutan because “someone” had filed a writ of habeas corpus to demand that he be presented in court to determine valid reason for his detention.

“Halimbawa siya ay hatulan ng korte na makulong ng 10 taon or whatever, kailangan niya munang i-serve ‘yon before natin ma-implement ‘yong deportation para sa full effect of justice. Ang sa atin, kaya siya dinala dito sa Bicutan, it’s because of the court case,” she said.

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Sy was among the 329 Chinese nationals who were arrested in Palawan in September allegedly involved in unauthorized offshore gaming operations and cyber fraud.

In January 2014, he was among two Chinese businessmen and three Filipinos who were charged for possession of wildlife, violating Section 27 (f) of Republic Act 9147 also known as the Wildlife Act on “collecting, hunting or possessing wildlife, their by-products, and derivatives”.

Sandoval said out of the 329 Chinese nationals who remain under their custody at Cecilia’s Inn, 305 have been issued deportation orders.

“Itong hawak ko na deportation order is only for 305. Pero wala pa kasing schedule ng implementation ng deportation order kasi medyo tedious ‘yong procedure. Isa-isa kasi ‘yan,” she said.

Reports related to Palawan News by its sources said the situation inside Cecilia’s Inn pending their deportation has turned chaotic recently with some female Chinese nationals engaging in prostitution, instigating confrontations among the males.

Sandoval said they have records of “small commotions” happening. However, immigration and military personnel have always been quick to pacify them.

“It’s good that this was brought up siguro we’ll have our intelligence people look into this, pero from what we were told there were small commotions inside kasi kung 300 people talaga and you put them together in one area, talagang may mga commotions talaga that will happen. People have become hot-headed, they don’t feel comfortable na rin siguro,” Sandoval said.


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