MANILA, Philippines - More foreigners arrived in the Philippines during the month of September amid the financial crunch that continues to rock the world markets, the immigration chief said Thursday.

At the same time, Bureau of Immigration data showed that the number of foreigners arriving from January to end of September this year is higher by eight percent compared to figures during the same period in 2007.

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MANILA, Philippines -- The Bureau of Immigration on Thursday said the number of foreigners who arrived in the country in September was eight percent more than the number in the same month last year.

Immigration Commissioner Marcelino Libanan said 384,948 foreigners entered the country through the Ninoy Aquino International Airport and other ports of entry last month, compared to the 356,760 in the same period last year.

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MANILA, Philippines—The Bureau of Immigration said Tuesday that only 67 aliens remain in the agency’s jail in Bicutan, Taguig City.

In a statement sent to media, Commissioner Marcelino Libanan said the number of inmates dropped to its lowest as of Sept. 30 owing largely to the bureau’s policy of immediately deporting foreigners arrested for violating Philippine immigration laws.

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Bureau of Immigration (BI) Commissioner Marcelino Libanan vowed yesterday to intensify the drive against "escort service" and foreign prostitutes that have proliferated around the country.

"We should not give these syndicates the breathing room they desperately need to keep their shameful activity afloat. We should not allow them to further their illegal trade at the expense of the image of our country," Libanan said, adding that the brains behind these syndicates and their accomplices within the BI should be punished to the full extent of the law.

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MANILA, Philippines -- The Bureau of Immigration (BI) has arrested a German wanted in his country for massive computer fraud that victimized thousands of investors.

BI commissioner Marcelino Libanan said Peter Uwe Muller was arrested Friday by personnel of the bureau’s law enforcement division in his home at Sandico Street, Diamond Subdivision, Barangay Balibago, Angeles City, Pampanga.

He is detained at the Bicutan immigration jail.

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