By JIGGER J. JERUSALEM
AUTHORITIES rounded up at least 17 Chinese traders who are not supposed to do business in Valencia City, Bukidnon, police said Saturday.
According to Valencia police chief Col. Surki Sereñas, the foreigners were rounded up in coordination with the Bureau of Immigration.
Sereñas said the aliens were engaged in retail businesses without the permits.
“[The] Chinese nationals were apprehended due to incomplete immigration documents and were subsequently turned over to Bureau of Immigation for appropriate action,” he said.
He said the documents shown by the Chinese clearly stated that they are only supposed to be here as tourists.
Sereñas said about a hundred Chinese are staying in Valencia, most of them running businesses selling China-made household items, plastic ware, electronic gadgets, and other products.
Many of them, Sereñas said, have been living in Valencia since 2000.
To make it appear that their stores are legally operating, these traders used business permits registered in the name of Filipinos, Sereñas said.
But, he added, the business papers they presented looked “spurious.”
Sereñas said they discovered this when they visited the stores of these Chinese to “map them out” as many of them have been victims of extortion allegedly perpetrated by communist rebels and local offcials.
Those arrested were identified by the police as Jin Kuang Cai, Zheng Chu Bao, Sy Hill, Bryan Ta;
Jems Ta, Sevee Co, Anna Zia, Junior Chan, Jacky Hui; Hehry Hui, Joseph San;
Alvin Lee, Ekin Chua, Tan Shao Hua, Kim Lin, Andre Homy, and Wee Are.