Article By: Consuelo Marquez – INQUIRER.net
03:44 PM September 19, 2018
Three foreigners will be deported for overstaying in the country, the Bureau of Investigation (BI) said on Wednesday.
BI Commissioner Jaime Morente said the three were caught in separate operations in Pasig and Cavite.
“They will be deported for overstaying, as these foreign nationals never bothered to extend their stay when their tourist visa expired,” Morente said in a statement.
BI Acting Intelligence Chief Fortunato Manahan Jr. said two British nationals Kevin Hadfield, 68, and Kevin Stanley Eifert, 67, were nabbed on Sept. 3 in Bacoor town and Dasmariñas City in Cavite province, respectively. Both have been overstaying in the country since 2008.
Meanwhile, an American national, Todd Null, 49, was also arrested last September 3rd for overstaying in the country since 2015.
Morente reminded foreigners staying in the country to update and ensure the validity of their visas.
“Foreigners staying in the Philippines have a responsibility to ensure that their visas are valid and updated,” he said.
When it comes to immigration, the Philippines tends to be as strict as they can be compared to almost everything else. Maybe certain western countries should take notice that many countries in the world take illegal immigration seriously, not just the Philippines.
In 2017, a record number of foreigners were deported from the Philippines. More than 1,500 foreigners were deported for violating Philippine immigration laws. That number is nearly four times more than the number deported the year prior. The sharp increase is largely due to the mass deportation of Chinese nationals involved in illegal gambling. 29 Americans were included in that total.
SO, get your visa stamp, extension, annual check-in completed… whatever it is you need to do to bring your immigration status current, or you too will find youself on the bus! And remember, the return ticket home is on you, and if you don’t have enough money for one, you will likely find yourself with the three guys above, sitting in the Bureau of Immigration’s notorious Bicutan detention centre.