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South Korean national now in custody of BI commissioners

by Prix D Banzon

Davao City (14 September) -- The South Korean national arrested for violating the anti-smoking ordinance of Davao City is now under the custody of the Commissioners of the Bureau of Immigration (BI) in Manila

During a press conference held at Task Force Davao on Thursday, BI-XI immigration officer Rowena Regalado said Korean Bitmaru Hans is undergoing investigation in Manila.

Hans was arrested for smoking inside a taxi cab and for allegedly hitting the cab driver who pointed out his violation.

Hans once proven as overstaying foreigner could immediately be deported but Regalado did not confirm the overstaying issue saying the authorities are verifying the documents and that the Korean is subject to investigation.

"Once proven that he violated the law, he will face the corresponding penalties and will be deported," she said.

Regalado said the BI had been strictly implementing immigration laws and aliens found violating the laws will be meted with corresponding penalties.

She also said that their office had been entertaining lot of cases that concerned foreign nationals who when invited usually cooperates while others are detained in their office for proper documentation and investigation and then brought to the BI office in Manila for further investigation and corresponding action like deportation.

Regalado reported that as of June 2007 the total number of foreign nationals in Davao City numbers about 2,477. Of the figure 1,660 are permanent residents and 817 temporary residents.

Out of the number as of August 2007, she said 249 are Koreans with four as permanent residents and 245 temporary who are either students or those with working permits.

Of the 249, 49 Korean nationals have working permits and doing business in Davao City who are either operating restaurants or travel agencies or language schools. (PIA XI) [top]

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