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BI chief clarifies alleged unauthorized departure of private jet in NAIA

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Bureau of Immigration Commissioner Norman Tansingco issued a clarification after receiving reports on an alleged unauthorized departure of a private jet in NAIA Terminal 1 at around 10 p.m. of February 13.

In a statement sent by his spokesperson Dana Sandoval, the BI chief said that some media entities informed him about a report from another agency claiming that the said special flight carried passengers more than the number declared in the flight manifest.

“We have conducted an initial verification of the said incident with the BI-NAIA Terminal 3 management. Chartered flights fall under the category of special flights, wherein passengers are not processed in the immigration area, but are rather inspected near the aircraft,” Tansingco said.

According to the initial report, there were 10 individuals on board the said aircraft, he said.

Seven passengers and 3 crew were listed in the manifest, and all underwent derogatory checks and were compliant to immigration formalities, Tansingco added.

According to the Commissioner, an immigration officer was likewise assigned to attend to and process the passengers in the said aircraft.

The BI is only one of numerous agencies that inspect departing and arriving special flights, said Sandoval.

Itchie G. Cabayan
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