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1 Taiwanese, 4 Indian fugitives to be deported, BI says

One Taiwanese and four Indian fugitives will be deported to their home countries to stand trial for crimes, the Bureau of Immigration (BI) said on Saturday.

The foreigners were arrested by operatives of the BI's Fugitive Search Unit (BI-FSU) in two separate operations, BI Commissioner Norman Tansingco said.

The BI said Manpreet Singh, 23; Amritpal Singh, 24; and Arshdeep Singh, 26, all Indian nationals, were nabbed on March 7 in Iloilo City.

They will face charges of murder, violation of Explosive Substances Act 2001 and the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act 1967 of India.

Amrikh Singh, 33, also an Indian national, was also arrested during the operation due to failure to present a travel document.

BI-FSU Acting Chief Rendel Ryan Sy said New Delhi authorities are also investigating the Indians for their alleged ties to the Khalistan Tiger Force, said to be an extremist group.

Taiwanese Lee He Zhan, 26, was meanwhile arrested in Boracay on March 7. He is allegedly wanted in Taiwan for alleged involvement in illegal drugs trading.

The district prosecutor’s office in Diaotou, Taiwan has reportedly issued a warrant of arrest against Lee for alleged violation of the narcotics hazard prevention act.

The five foreigners have been transferred to the warden facility of BI in Bicutan, Taguig pending deportation.

“These wanted foreigners will be expelled for being undesirable aliens, and also for being undocumented as their passports were already cancelled by their respective governments,” Tansingco said.

The BI will also blacklist them to prevent them from re-entering the Philippines, he added. —KG, GMA Integrated News