Environment lawyers asked Immigration to deport and blacklist seven Chinese mining executives in Zambales
Lawyers ask Immigration bureau to deport 7 Chinese executives
A GROUP of pro-environment lawyers asked the Bureau of Immigration to deport and blacklist seven Chinese mining executives in Zambales province for human trafficking and illegal exploitation of natural resources. In a three-page Complaint for Deportation dated August 10, the Green Lawyers of the Philippines Inc., through its President Dante Carandang, lodged a complaint with the immigration bureau against the Chinese executives allegedly operating the Coto Mines in Masinloc, Zambales.
Officially charged before the bureau were: Ye Zhou, Shen Bing Hua, Shi Jian Chu, Dong Guilin, Shen Hui, Shi Zhen Yu and Shen Zhen Huan.
The document alleged that the accused engaged in human trafficking by facilitating the entry of around 80 Chinese recruited supposedly to work in the mines.
The complaint also stated that these workers did not have valid work permits and visas, as well as not passing immigration inspection formalities when they entered the country.
“Respondents are undesirable aliens [who violated constitutional], immigration, and other laws of the Philippines,” the document added. “Accordingly, they must be ordered deported after due proceedings.”
It was suspected that the foreigners acquired the right to operate the mine when they entered into a P250-million agreement with Compania Minera Tubajon Inc.
The executives allegedly established a new management team and infused funds for the maintenance and development of the Masinloc chromite project.
Carandang also said that the mining operation is not covered by any financial and technical assistance agreement with the government, adding that Consolidated Mines, the tenement owner, did not sanction it.
“Wherefore, complainant prays that this honorable commission give due course to this Complaint for Deportation; and after due hearing, order their [the executives] immediate deportation . . . and bar their re-entry into the Philippines,” the complaint says. BY JOMAR CANLAS REPORTER - manilatimes.net