The “Good Guys In, Bad Guys Out” campaign launched by the Bureau of Immigration (BI) is now being pushed to the limit after the amnesty programme for registering legally ended on September 30.
Those arrested for overstaying were Gregory Cue King (American) – Raynaldo Roman (American) – Peter Smith Bjarnason (New Zealander) and Isaac Agyei (Ghanaian). All four men were arrested under the “Sa Immigration Magsumbong” informants program.
The programme encourages ‘concerned citizens’ to send information about overstaying or undocumented foreigners via text message. Once the person is verified as an illegal alien, the ‘concerned citizen’ receives 2,000 pesos for their assistance to the BI.
The four men who were arrested in the recent crackdown will be deported for violation of Section 37(a)(7) of the Philippine Immigration Act.
BI spokesperson Elaine Tan said: “This indicates strong public involvement in our drive against illegal aliens. Since the inception of the programme last year, we were able to arrest 82 foreign nationals.”