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BI nabs Cameroonian man posing as French

AFTER passing himself off as a French national by presenting a stolen French passport, a Cameroon man was barred entry at the Mactan-Cebu International Airport (MCIA).

The BI’s border control and enforcement unit (BCIU) headed by Dennis Alcedo identified the passenger as 31-year-old Valentine Forkwa Mbanwei, who arrived at the MCIA last Nov. 20 aboard a Singapore Airlines flight from Singapore.

Alcedo said that as a consequence of the fraud, Mbanwei’s name will be included in the BI’s blacklist, banning him from entering the Philippines indefinitely.

Reportedly, the African initially presented a French passport under a different name but this was discovered when it registered an Interpol hit indicating that the French passport was reported stolen and lost by the owner.

The passenger later admitted his true identity and presented his Cameroon passport.

Alcedo said Mbanwei was immediately denied entry for misrepresentation, for not possessing an entry visa, and for being likely to become a public charge.

Itchie G. Cabayan
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