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German, Chinese barred from entry to RP

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TWO foreign fugitives were barred from entering the country for being undesirable aliens by Bureau of Immigration (BI) officers at the international airports in Manila and Cebu.

BI Commissioner Norman Tangsingco said the two foreign passengers were intercepted last January 2 and 3 upon their arrival via flights at the Mactan-Cebu International Airport (MCIA) and Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), respectively.

Intercepted at the MCIA last January 3 is German national Reiner Reinhold Heber, 63, an alleged recidivist and violent offender who was sentenced to nine years imprisonment for attempted homicide. He was turned back after arriving aboard a China Airlines flight from Taipei as immigration officers were already alerted about his trip by officials from the BI intelligence division headed by Jun Manahan.

Before this, on January 2, a Chinese woman named Chen Qiaolin, 30, was denied entry upon arriving at the NAIA aboard Philippine Airlines flight from Kuala Lumpur. Chen’s name reportedly registered a hit in the Interpol database, prompting BI-NAIA officials to exclude and send her back to Malaysia.

Tansingco said that information from the Interpol’s national central bureau (NCB) in Manila revealed that Chen is wanted in China for human trafficking.

The public security bureau of Feixi country in Anhui province, China alleged that Chen engaged in telecommunications fraud and illegal online gambling activities. She was also charged with forging the travel documents of trafficking victims who were able to illegally enter Malaysia, Cambodia and other countries.

“We believe that she might be part of an illegal human trafficking syndicate deploying Chinese workers illegally to other Asian countries. Hence, her presence in the country poses as a threat to Filipinos,” Tansingco stressed.

BI spokesperson Dana Sandoval said that on orders of Tansingco, the two aliens were both excluded and booked on the first available flight to their port of origin.

They were later placed in the immigration blacklist which perpetually bans them from entering the country, Sandoval added.

Itchie G. Cabayan
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