Chinese who spat on cop is an overstaying alien

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    THE Bureau of Immigration yesterday said it has detained the Chinese man apprehended in Manila earlier this month for a traffic violation and was later caught on camera spitting at one of the arresting police officers.

    Zhou Zhiyi, 50, was also found to be violating the Philippine Immigration Act as he is an overstaying alien, said Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente.

    Morente said he ordered Zhou’s arrest on Monday after learning he has been granted bail by a Manila court.

    The Chinese was taken to the BI’s detention facility in Bicutan, Taguig city while deportation proceedings are being readied against him.

    BI spokesperson Dana Krizia Sandoval said the deportation will proceed only after the Manila court rules on the cases against Zhou.

    “There will be a deportation proceeding against him but of course, the court needs to resolve the cases against him first,” Sandoval said.

    BI acting intelligence chief Fortunato Manahan Jr. said based on their initial investigation, the Chinese arrived in the country in November last year as a tourist and was admitted for only 30 days.

    “Thus, he was already an overstaying alien at the time the spatting incident occurred last February 6,” Manahan said.

    On that day, Zhou was apprehended by traffic enforcers of the Manila Traffic and Parking Bureau along Quintin Paredes Street for violating the “number-coding” scheme.

    He refused to stop and his car plowed through traffic and damaged several vehicles.

    Video footage showed that when he was finally caught by policemen at Jose Abad Santos and Tayuman streets, he spat at one of the arresting officers.

    A subsequent search of his vehicle yielded a sachet of shabu estimated to weigh a gram worth P6,500 and drug paraphernalia. Zhou denied any knowledge of the drugs in his vehicle.

    He was later detained at the Manila Police Department District Drug Enforcement Unit for assault on a person of authority, reckless imprudence resulting in multiple damage to property, and possession of illegal drugs.

    He later apologized to the police officer.