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Man for Senegal nabbed for fake passport, arrival stamp

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The Bureau of Immigration (BI) announced the arrest of a male Senegal for presenting a fraudulent passport and border arrival stamp, while he was trying to extend his stay in the country.

BI Commissioner Norman Tansingco said the the 37-year-old Senegalese filed an application for the extension of his tourist visa earlier this month and that based on a report from tourist visa section chief Raymond Remigio, his team noted various discrepancies on the man’s documentation.

Frontliner Desiree Maliksi doubted the authenticity of the passport and referred the matter to him for secondary check and when the alien’s documents were forwarded to the BI’s forensic documents laboratory, it was confirmed that the passport and the border stamp he presented were both counterfeit.

Tansingco lauded the work of immigration personnel and warned foreigners against forgery: “Our personnel are highly-skilled in fraud detection, so schemes like this will definitely be caught.”

Said alien is now under investigation and is set to be charged with violation of immigration laws, even as he faces deportation and blacklisting, effectively barring him from re-entering the country.

“We will deport anyone who tries to defraud the system,” the Bl chief warned.

Itchie G. Cabayan
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