(Eagle News) — The Bureau of Immigration has arrested several people for allegedly selling produce in Manila without the proper permits or visas.
In a statement on Thursday, Nov. 28, the BI said 20, which included 17 Chinese nationals, were placed under custody following a raid in Divisoria on Monday after authorities received complaints from local vendors.
Three of the 20 were later released after they presented documents showing they were Filipinos.
According to BI Intelligence Division Chief Fortunato Manahan, Jr., those arrested were selling garlic, onions and other produce on the sidewalks when authorities arrived.
“They most likely do not have permits for their stores, nor are paying proper taxes,” he said.
The 17 Chinese nationals were brought to the BI Detention Facility in Camp Bagong Diwa in Taguig.