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34 illegal Taiwanese workers detained in Philippines

2017/11/08 22:44:14

Manila, Nov. 8 (CNA) A group of 34 Taiwan nationals is being held by immigration officials in the Philippines on suspicion of working there illegally, the Filipino Bureau of Immigration reported Wednesday.

The Taiwanese citizens were picked up late Tuesday during an investigation into an internet gaming company in Makati, metro Manila at which seven wanted Chinese nationals were believed to be hiding, the bureau said.

During the sweep at the company, 77 foreign nationals were detained, including 34 Taiwanese, after they failed to show proof of legal work permits, the bureau said.

All 77 detainees were expected to be transferred to an immigration detention center in suburban Manila late Wednesday.

The Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO) in the Philippines said it had contacted the Filipino Bureau of Immigration to find out more about the situation and was considering how best it could assist the 34 Taiwanese detainees.

According to a Philippine immigration official who asked not to be named, people detained for working illegally in the Philippines are usually held at the detention center for two to three months while awaiting deportation.

(By Emerson Lim and Kuan-lin Liu)