Immigration ops yield arrest of overstaying Chinese

Bureau of Immigration (BI) Commissioner Jaime Morente announced the arrest of an Chinese man in an operation in Paranaque City.

According to Morente, Lu Runguo, 43, was arrested yesterday evening by operatives from the Bureau’s Intelligence Division, in coordination with the Paranaque City Police. Lu was the subject of a warrant of deportation issued in September for staying in the country without securing and updating his visa.

BI records showed that Lu arrived in March 2019. He stayed as a tourist but has failed to leave the country before the of his visa, or file for its extension at any of the BI’s offices nationwide.

He will be temporarily held at the BI’s holding facility in Bicutan, Taguig pending the implementation of his deportation.

“Despite the pandemic, our intelligence officers remain active in ensuring that these erring aliens are arrested and deported,” said Morente. “Let this serve as a reminder to foreign nationals in the country. Follow our or face deportation,” he warned.

Pilot run on vaccination of minors begins

The pilot run of COVID-19 vaccination for youth aged 12-17 will begin this Friday (October 15) at eight selected hospitals in Metro Manila.

The Department of Health (DOH) will prioritize vaccinating children with comorbidities such as Down Syndrome, HIV, Cancer, Tuberculosis, and others. They can belong to the “Pediatric A3” group.

Among the hospitals that will hold the ‘pilot run’ are the Philippine Children’s Medical Center, Fe del Mundo Medical Center, National Children’s Hospital, Philippine Heart Center, Pasig City Children’s Hospital, Philippine General Hospital, St. Luke’s Medical Center in Taguig City and Makati Medical Center.

On October 22, vaccination will begin in 17 selected hospitals in each local government in NCR.

On November 5, vaccination will also begin for children in regions where more than 50% of senior citizens have been vaccinated.

These include the Cordillera Autonomous Region (CAR), Regions 1, 2, 3, 4A, 8, and 10, and Caraga. For NCR, another hospital may be added.

The DOH will use the COVID-19 Moderna and Pfizer which have only just been granted Emergency Use Authorization from the Food and Drug Administration.

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