BI eyes deportation case vs. Chinese national for hitting Makati traffic enforcers

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 11) — The Bureau of Immigration has recommended the deportation of a Chinese woman who recently went viral online for attacking traffic enforcers in Makati City.

"Yung ating intelligence division, nag-recommend sa legal division na magkaroon ng kaso ng deportation kasi nakita natin na itong Chinese na ito ay turista lamang," BI Spokesperson Melvin Mabulac said in Saturday's Laging Handa virtual briefing. "At di pa siya nakakapag-comply sa requirement ng pag-update ng kanyang status."

[Translation: Our intelligence division recommended to our legal division a deportation case because we discovered she is just a tourist and has not complied with requirements on updating her status yet.]

On Tuesday afternoon, the 27 year-old Dong Li was arrested after "having an altercation while badmouthing" traffic enforcers in Makati Avenue corner Jupiter Street, read the city police's report. Li also approached the complainant afterwards and hit him with her umbrella and punched him in the face.

Police charged her with physical injury and disobedience to persons of authority.

The incident was captured on video, which eventually made the rounds in social media.

"Klarong-klaro naman po doon sa social media, naging viral pa nga yan, yung disrespect sa ating authority. Bawal na bawal po yan," explained Mabulac.

[Translation: Her disrespect for our authorities was very clear in the social media (upload), which even went viral.]

Mabulac added that the bureau is looking into charging her for overstaying and undesirability.

The official likewise emphasized during the briefing that all foreigners who violate any laws in the country must be held accountable by the state before being deported.

"Mahirap naman po na sila ay papaalisin agad natin at di sila nakapag-serve sa kanilang sentence kung na-convict sila sa ibang kaso kasi baka makalusot din sila," explained Mabulac.

[Translation: It will be difficult for us if we deport them immediately and it turned out they haven't served their sentence yet if they were convicted, because this means they could evade accountability.]

CNN Philippines' Dessy Bautista contributed to this report.