32 Indians face probe for ‘illegal activities’

BY RUBY P. SILUBRICO

ILOILO City – The Bureau of Immigration is investigating 32 Indian nationals in Iloilo province for alleged illegal activities.

Their immigration documents would also be reviewed, said Jude Hinolan, immigration intelligence officer.

Eight of the 32 Indians were women and they were held at the Iloilo Police Provincial Office yesterday in Santa Barbara, Iloilo.

Commissioner Jaime Morente recently ordered the bureau’s regional office to countercheck undocumented foreign nationals in Western Visayas, particularly those in Iloilo.

According to Hinolan, the bureau received information that some Indian nationals were involved in illegal drugs, human smuggling, assassination, kidnapping of fellow Indian nationals, and falsification of documents.

On March 8, 2017 two Indians were arrested in an entrapment operation of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Region 6.

They allegedly tried to bribe PDEA agents into releasing a compatriot nabbed in an antidrug operation.

The two were Joginder Pal Tangri and Tehal Singh of San Pedro, Molo district. PDEA claimed they offered P100,000 to an agency personnel to release Amandeep Tangri.

Amandeep was arrested for possessing 10 grams of shabu.

Hinolan said Amandeep faces deportation for being an overstaying alien.

Amandeep arrived in the Philippines on Jan. 30, 2011 as a tourist.

“Since 2011, he did not have a record of departure,” said Hinolan.

On the other hand, immigration records showed Joginder had been blacklisted by the Bureau and that his visa already expired.

Tehal Singh’s visa, meanwhile, expired in 2009 yet./PN