By Ferdinand Patinio

CAUGHT. Chinese national Zhang Jie, 30, was intercepted by immigration officers at the Davao International Airport on June 23, 2024. The Bureau of Immigration (BI) on Tuesday (June 25, 2024) said the foreigner was included in the immigration lookout bulletin (ILBO) against suspended Bamban, Tarlac Mayor Alice Guo. (Photo courtesy of BI)

MANILA – The Bureau of Immigration (BI) confirmed the interception of a Chinese woman included in the immigration lookout bulletin order (ILBO) against suspended Bamban, Tarlac Mayor Alice Guo.

In a news release Tuesday, BI Commissioner Norman Tansingco said 30-year-old Zhang Jie was prevented from boarding a flight to Jinjiang, China at the Davao International Airport on June 23.

Tansingco said BI officers were alerted of her records, prompting them to conduct secondary inspection and verification with the Department of Justice (DOJ), in compliance with the ILBO.

Zhang was reportedly a manager of an illegal Philippine Offshore Gaming Operator facility in Porac, Pampanga which was raided by authorities on June 5.

Tansingco said they suspected that Zhang had visa problems as she declared herself as unemployed but presented a 9(g) commercial employment visa.

Foreign nationals who have ceased employment from their petitioning company are required to surrender their Alien Certificate of Registration I-Cards and downgrade their visas.

Tansingco said they are set to conduct an investigation on her visa status.

Upon confirmation of instruction from DOJ representatives from the Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking, Zhang was stopped from boarding.

She was taken into custody and transferred to the BI Warden’s Facility pending resolution of the deportation case to be filed against her.

The BI chief said his office received the ILBO against Guo, a certain Guo Hua Ping and 17 others from the DOJ on June 21.

An ILBO is issued by the DOJ for prudence instructing immigration officers to double check if there are any pending arrest warrants against the subjects, any violation or infraction, or to monitor their itineraries and whereabouts should they attempt to leave the country.

Considering the gravity of charges, subjects may attempt to place themselves beyond the reach of legal processes by fleeing the country, the ILBO stated.

The order also states that a precautionary hold departure order will be filed against the subjects. (PNA)