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Philippines arrest 542 illegal foreigners

In this Oct. 9, 2019, photo provided by Philippine Bureau of Immigration, foreign nationals, mostly Chinese are housed in a gymnasium following a raid at their company premises in Manila, Philippines. Philippine police and immigration authorities said they have arrested more than 500 illegally working foreigners, mostly Chinese involved in telecommunications and investment scams, in one of the biggest such mass arrests this year. (Philippine Bureau of Immigration Via AP)

Philippine police and immigration authorities said they have arrested more than 500 illegally working foreigners, mostly Chinese involved in telecommunications and investment scams, in one of the biggest such mass arrests this year.

The 542 foreigners, who were arrested Wednesday night in a raid on their company premises in metropolitan Manila, did not have work permits and were involved in defrauding victims mostly in China by blackmailing or tricking them into sending out money, said Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente and other officials. (AP)

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