Bureau of Immigration (BI) officers at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) arrested four foreigners who attempted to leave the country with bogus documents.
BI port operations chief Grifton Medina said the foreigners – a Chinese fugitive, a Nigerian impostor, and two Sri Lankans – were intercepted in three separate incidents by members of the bureau’s travel control and enforcement unit (TCEU) at the NAIA 1 and 2 terminals.
Medina said the Chinese national was identified as Wang Wen, 33. He was intercepted Saturday morning at NAIA 2 upon his attempt flee the country via a Philippine Airlines flight to Xiamen.
Media said he was found in possession of a Philippine visa with fake immigration arrival and departure stamps.
“Upon verification, it was discovered that he is the subject of a summary deportation order in 2018 for being a fugitive from justice, as he is wanted in China for economic crimes,” said Medina.
An hour after, TCEU personnel intercepted at the NAIA 1 departure area Nigerian Adekunle Michael Ogunade, 55, who attempted to leave using a fake Solomon Islands passport.
TCEU chief Timotea Barizo said Ogunade’s Solomon Island passport, driver’s license, and identity card were all found to be counterfeit by BI’s forensic document laboratory.
Yesterday, officers from NAIA 2 arrested the Sri Lankans identified as Dorosamy Asah and Talayan Hilamaran, 32 and 35 years old, respectively.
The duo attempted to transit from Malaysia to Brisbane, Australia using fake Malaysian passports.
Barizo said that, upon forensic examination, the passports were found to be spurious which they allegedly acquired in Malaysia.
Wang and Ogunade are now detained at the BI detention facility in Camp Bagong Diwa, Taguig City pending their deportation, while the two Sri Lankans have been denied transit and returned to their port of origin.
Source: Manilla Bulletin