BI expels 6 Chinese for extortion, phone fraud

Posted at 05/06/2012 5:06 PM | Updated as of 05/07/2012 7:07 AM

MANILA, Philippines – The Bureau of Immigration (BI) has expelled six Chinese after a Davao City court granted their petition for a habaeas corpus and ordered their release.

The Chinese nationals were arrested in Davao City two weeks ago for their alleged involvement in extortion and phone fraud.

Immigration Commissioner Ricardo David Jr. said the Chinese nationals left the country last Tuesday following their release order.

David, however, explained that he already made an order directing the six Chinese to leave the Philippines for being undesirable aliens because “they operated illegal call center hubs that blackmailed and extorted money through phone calls to the victims.”

"We have always held that the stay of aliens in the Philippines is a mere privilege and not a right, thus a foreigner who engages in illegal activities here should be denied that privilege," David said.

The deportees were identified as Kun Long, Xiang Zhong, Jungcheng Huang, Ning Li, Yao Lin Li, and Haitao Pan.

Along with the six Chinese were 72 Taiwanese who were also expelled for also allegedly being involved in phone fraud.

BI lawyer Arvin Santos said the same court denied a petition for a habeas corpus filed by the arrested 72 Taiwanese last April 18.

Reports said the Taiwanese would pretend to be call center agents and blackmail their victims in China and Taiwan by saying they should pay for their outstanding water, electric and telephone bills.

The victims were allegedly forced to pay because they would be charged in court as claimed by the suspects.