Beng urges accounting of foreigners in Zambo PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 17 January 2014 11:44

Mayor Beng Climaco has asked the Bureau of Immigration and Deportation (BID) to make a proper accounting of all foreigners or aliens residing in the city and to institute legal actions against those who violate Philippine laws or local ordinances.

This after an incident involving two foreign nationals whose foul behaviors sparked controversy in the city. Based on reports, one of the concerned foreigners is facing criminal charges and another complaint shall be filed against the other.

In a letter to Immigration Officer III Sitti Rubaina Lutian, Mayor Climaco requested that the list and status of all foreigners or aliens residing in the city be submitted to the office of the mayor the soonest possible time.

“Furthermore, we are urging your office to check business establishments in the city which are owned and or operated y foreigners whether corporations, single proprietorship, partnership, or otherwise (be it in the names of their Filipino spouses) and determine whether they are legitimate or illegal aliens,” the chief executive stated in her letter dated January 16.

She urged that those identified as illegal aliens be properly dealt with by law and deportation proceedings be immediately commenced.

Likewise she urged the BID to ensure that all foreigners who have violated Philippine laws or local ordinances be deemed as “undesirable aliens” and that appropriate legal actions be instituted against them immediately.

“As visitors of our beloved City, it behooves upon them to act appropriately, extend courtesy to their host-City and its residents, and above all respect the laws of the land,” Mayor Climaco added.

Ms. Lutian with two other immigration officials paid a courtesy visit on Mayor Climaco in City Hall Thursday morning to discuss various immigration issues and concerns. It was learned that even one Bureau of Immigration officer from the Zamboanga field office was a victim of the ruthlessness of these undesirable aliens.

The two foreign nationals- Mohammad Magmihi y Aliriza, 30 residing in Pilar Street and Abdelkamal Sadaini y Aryani of Ilang-ilang, Baliwasan were arrested last Saturday for assaulting newsmen, policemen and persons in authority.

The incident happend while a closure order for their videoke bar at Pilar Street was being served by personnel from the City Licensing Division. The bar was a subject of complaints from neighboring institutions that include a children’s hospital and a school. — Sheila E. Covarrubias