The Bureau of Immigration ordered the deportation of three foreigners who have been overstaying in the country, one of them staying illegally for almost 20 years.
Detained at the bureau’s detention cell in Taguig, the three foreigners were identified as Kevin Hadfield and Kevin Stanley Eifert, both Britons and were arrested last Sept. 3 in Bacoor and Dasmariñas, respectively.
The American, 49-year-old Todd Allen Null, was arrested last Sept. 17 in Pasig City, has been overstaying since 2015
Hadfield has been in the country since 2008, while Eifert has been staying in the Philippines since 2013, according to immigration commissioner Jaime Morente.
“They will be deported for overstaying, as these foreign nationals never bothered to extend their stay when their tourist visa expired,” Morente said.
BI Acting Intelligence Chief Fortunato Manahan Jr. said the aliens were currently detained at the Bureau’s detention facility in Bicutan, Taguig City pending deportation proceedings.
“We requested the Commissioner to issue a mission order for their arrest after informants tipped us about the presence of these aliens illegally staying in the country,” Manahan said.
Morente reiterated his warning to foreigners not to overstay in the country as it could lead to their arrest and deportation for violating Philippine immigration laws.
“Foreigners staying in the Philippines have a responsibility to ensure that their visas are valid and updated,” said Morente.
He also stressed there would be no letup in the BI’s campaign against illegal aliens.