MORE FOREIGN TERROR SUSPECTS TO BE ARRESTEDManila, April 1, 2003 -- Chief Commissioner Andrea Domingo of the Bureau of Immigration and Deportation (BID) has promised more arrests yet to come in the wake of the sustained crackdown on undocumented aliens with suspected links to international and local terrorists in the country. Domingo further said that the BID-- with the help of the Philippine National Police (PNP)-- will be issuing more mission orders against foreigners with suspected links to terrorists in the coming days. "More arrests will come in the days ahead. We are working closely with the PNP Task (Force) Sanglahi against these foreign personalities," Domingo said. Since its launching, the BID's crackdown has resulted in the arrest and deportation of five foreigners with links to terrorist organizations. 11 more Iraqis and a Saudi national are presently detained at the PNP detention cell in Camp Crame and are undergoing deportation proceedings. Domingo reiterated that the preventive detention of these Iraqi nationals was legal in response to accusations by human rights groups that the Iraqis' imprisonment was illegal. Some of the Iraqi nationals had claimed they were refugees and they have the documents from the United Nations Commission on Human Rights (UNCHR) to prove their stay in the country was sanctioned. As this developed, the BID chief related that her agents had intercepted and deported a suspected Palestinian suicide bomber at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) last week.
Reported by: Sol Jose Vanzi
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