Bureau of Immigration (BI) Commissioner Norman Tansingco announced the deportation of 17 Chinese nationals afternoon of November 16.
The group boarded a Philippine Airlines flight to Wuhan, China and is the third batch of illegal online gambling-related deportations.
It can be recalled that in October, the BI deported 6 Chinese nationals, while 21 others were deported last November 2.
The 17 is part of the more than 300 foreign nationals, mostly Chinese citizens, set to be deported by the BI after being arrested by local law enforcement agencies for involvement in illegal online gambling.
According to Tansingco, Department of Justice (DOJ) Secretary Jesus Crispin Remulla is closely monitoring the implementation of the deportations. He added that they are regularly submitting reports on the status of the rest of the deportees to the DOJ.
Those deported are automatically included in the BI’s blacklist, effectively barring them
from returning to the Philippines.