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BI nabs Korean man posing as Filipino at NAIA-2

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A Korean national who tried to depart the country using a Philippine passport was arrested by Bureau of Immigration (BI) agents at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 2.

Citing a report from BI Intelligence Chief Fortunato ‘Jun’ Manahan, Jr. Commissioner Norman Tansingco said that the Korean, aged 43, used a Filipino name in his Philippine passport and got apprehended on Monday while waiting for his Philippine Airlines flight to Phnom Penh, Cambodia at the NAIA terminal 2.

Manahan, in his report, said that the Korean presented a Philippine passport, but could not answer basic questions in any Filipino dialect, causing the primary inspector to doubt the authenticity of his travel document thus referring him for secondary inspection.

“Upon interview, the alien admitted that he used to have a Korean passport and that he obtained his Philippine passport through another Korean national,” said Manahan.

The Korean was also able to present a postal ID and a Philippine driver’s license while the BI’s Anti-Fraud Section certified that the passport Kim presented was found genuine.

He was unable to describe basic details about his identity, including the names of his parents and his alleged wife and child, despite the use of a Korean translating application.

Meanwhile, Tansingco is seeking a probe on the fraudulently-acquired Philippine passport while the Korean is currently being held by the BI pending prosecution for violating immigration laws.

“There have been many instances in the past of foreign nationals obtaining Philippine documents through misrepresentation and illegal means that have been stopped by our alert officers. We also warn that evading immigration protocols through acquiring spurious documents warrants deportation,” he said.

Itchie G. Cabayan
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