The over 300 Chinese nationals apprehended around the city recently for various violations linked to online gaming operations underwent medical examination and biometrics on Tuesday.
Aside from medical examination and biometrics, the Chinese attache arrived in the city and conducted a listing of names and forensic investigation on the apprehended Chinese nationals.
The preliminary investigation was also conducted by the BI prosecutors from Manila.
The process was done batch by batch in accordance with the areas where they were raided.
Tony Sy, also known as Tony Tan or Tony Yu, a Chinese businessman in Puerto Princesa was also investigated by the BI due to his alleged connections with the apprehended Chinese nationals.
According to some Palawan News sources, the process may last until Thursday this week due to the number of Chinese nationals apprehended.
They also said that after the process, the Chinese nationals will be brought to Manila.
In the official statement of the BI received by Palawan News from a source, Bureau Chief Commissioner Jaime Morente said that the Chinese nationals are now undergoing deportation proceedings due to overstaying and absence of proper documentation.
“They will undergo deportation proceedings for violating the conditions of their stay in the country and working here without permits. Initial reports indicate that most of these aliens are overstaying and undocumented,” he said.
He also added that the apprehension of these persons is in line with their campaign against foreign illegal activities conducted in the country, especially online gaming, cyber fraud and investments scams.
The bureau also said that the operation was conducted by the BI intelligence unit because of the reports and complaints of the local government of Puerto Princesa.
The total number of Chinese nationals nabbed were 328, of which 57 are females.