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BI lawyers order probe on influx of foreign students

MANILA, Jan. 25 (PNA) – In a bid to limit the influx of more foreign students into the country, the Bureau of Immigration on Tuesday started investigating some BI officials allegedly in cahoots with various language tutorial centers in the country.

BI Acting Commissioner Ronaldo Ledesma said the influx of hundreds more of foreign students into the country, and studying without study permits, maybe the handiwork of some BI officials and personnel conniving with various language tutorial schools.

Ledesma ordered the BI legal division, headed by lawyer Arvin Santos, to immediately unearth the possible involvement of some immigration officers with fly-by-night English language centers.

The BI chief said he issued the directive following the recent arrest of 86 South Korean and two Japanese minors caught studying in various language centers without the required permits.

He said the operations came following a BI raid at the Fantasy Island resort complex in Lemery, Batangas earlier this month, when 70 Korean minors were also apprehended while studying in a tutorial school ran by seven Korean adults.

Ledesma said that aside from the latest batch of 88 arrested students, 16 Korean adults will also be deported for operating the language schools in question without authority from the BI.

He said the adult Koreans apparently facilitated the entry of the minors to the country and enrolled them in fake English language schools.

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