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Attempt by two Chinese fugitives to flee foiled by BI

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The Chinese fugitives intercepted at NAIA. (JERRY S. TAN)

AN attempt by two Chinese fugitives to flee the country was foiled by Bureau of Immigration (BI) officers assigned at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 1.

BI Commissioner Norman Tansingco said the two aliens were intercepted and arrested in separate occasions last June 1 as they attempted to depart the country.

It was learned that one of the Chinese nationals is wanted for extortion in China while the other one has a pending criminal case before a local court and a deportation case with the BI.

The man wanted in China was identified as Jun Zhang, 36. He was arrested while attempting to board a flight to Bangkok and passing himself as a citizen of Myanmar.

He was reported to have presented to the officer at the BI counter a Myanmar passport under the name Lu Kyin Yang.

“We received advanced information from the Chinese government that he is a fugitive in China and that he would be using that Myanmar passport to evade detection,” Tansingco said.

Zhang reportedly arrived in April, before the Chinese authorities filed the information on his crimes with the BI.

Meanwhile, the other arrested passenger is a Chinese woman named Tianyi Zhang, 28, who tried to flee via a flight to Xiamen.

Records show that Tianylwas issued a deportation order by the BI for being an undocumented and undesirable alien for allegedly working for an establishment involved in prostitution and labor exploitation.

She and two other Chinese suspects also face a case before the Makati City regional trial court for the said crime.

A hold departure order was issued against her and her co-accused by the court to prevent them from leaving while their cases are still under trial.

The BI chief commended the BI supervisors and inspectors who intercepted the passengers for their vigilance in preventing the flight of the wanted fugitives.

“The fugitives are now at our detention facility in Camp Bagong Diwa, Taguig City where they will remain until they are deported,” Tansingco said.

Itchie G. Cabayan
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