Bureau of Immigration intercepts Taiwanese, 2 human trafficking victims at NAIA

Bureau of Immigration

OFFICERS of the Bureau of Immigration at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport arrested on Sunday a Taiwanese impostor who attempted to leave the country by passing himself off as a Filipino.

BI Port Operations Division Chief Grifton Medina identified the fake Filipino as Su Ping Yen, 27. He was arrested while attempting to board an Air Asia flight to Taipei.

Medina said the Taiwanese was stopped from leaving after the officers saw that Su was in the BI’s alert list for possessing a questionable Philippine passport.

Members of the BI’s Travel Control and Enforcement Unit (TCEU) who questioned Su later found that hours earlier he was offloaded from his Taipei-bound flight by Air Asia personnel who doubted the authenticity of the Philippine passport he presented.

The airline referred the matter to the BI’s forensic document laboratory which confirmed that the passport is indeed fraudulent.

“After being denied by Air Asia, he again booked another flight to Taipei and attempted to leave using his Taiwanese passport,” said BI TCEU Chief Erwin Ortanez.  “He was, however, caught as we were already on alert and were ready to intercept him,” he added.

The Taiwanese alleged that he acquired his Philippine passport through the help of a friend to whom he paid P3,000. Su arrived last May 12 and was admitted as a tourist for 59 days.

Meanwhile, Medina said the two female passengers, who presented valid overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) documents, were also intercepted recently at the NAIA Terminal 1 by members of the Bureau’s Travel Control and Enforcement Unit (TCEU).

The two female passengers attempted to depart via a Scoot Airways flight to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia allegedly to work as household service workers when they were flagged for secondary inspection by frontline immigration officers.

“One of them is a minor, as she is only 15 years old while her companion is only 20 years old,” Medina said. He said only those who are 23 years of age and above are qualified for deployment for domestic work in the Middle East.

With Jerry S. Tan