The arrests took place at a leisure park in the Clark Freeport Zone, a former American airbase which also includes a hotel and casino.
"Our immigration officers have started conducting verification of passports (of the suspects)," Morente said, before adding that the arrested suspects were now being guarded by police.
On September 9, immigration agents also arrested 154 Chinese nationals for breaking immigration laws and for illegal online gambling in the Clark Freeport Zone.
The immigration bureau said the arrests were part of a sustained effort to weed out illegal aliens and undocumented foreign nationals with the help of law enforcers.
In 1992, the Philippines decided to shut down the US bases in the Philippines. The US Clark Air Force Base was converted into a freeport zone, a special economic area with fiscal and non-fiscal incentives.
Published : November 25, 2016
By : Deutsche Presse Agentur