390 Taiwanese suspects deported from Philippines in 2012: report90

2012/12/26 23:17:42
Manila, Dec. 26 (CNA) A total of 635 foreigners -- including 390 Taiwanese -- who were suspected of criminal acts were deported from the Philippines this year, according to a year-end report released by the Philippine Bureau of Immigration Wednesday.

The deportees were more than four times the number recorded in 2011, the report said.

Apart from Taiwanese, the deported criminal suspects include 137 Chinese nationals, 32 South Koreans and 25 Americans, the report said.

Immigration bureau chief Ricardo David said the deported foreigners were suspected of breaking the law, such as residing without effective permits, entering the Philippines without visas, forging IDs, involvement in illegal gambling, conducting scams or selling drugs.

The Taiwanese and Chinese deportees were mostly arrested on charges of conducting telecommunication scams, David said.