Bureau of Immigration nabs fake Filipino wanted in Taiwan

A TAIWANESE fugitive who attempted to flee the country by passing himself off as a Filipino using a tampered Philippine passport was arrested by agents of the Bureau of Immigration.

BI Port Operations Division Chief Grifton Medina identified the fugitive as Huang Chung-Chia, 33, who was arrested by members of the BI’s travel control and enforcement unit (TCEU) on Friday at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 1. The suspect attempted to leave the country via a Philippine Airlines flight to Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

Medina said Huang was wanted for fraud by the Taichung district prosecutor’s office in Taiwan and has a pending deportation case upon request from the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO).

BI NAIA 1 TCEU Head Glenn Ford Comia said the suspect assumed the identity of a certain Louis Go Lu whose passport, Tax Idenfication Number ID, and voter’s ID with substituted photographs were found in his possession. His real identity was discovered when he surrendered a driver’s license with his real name and date of birth on it.  He admitted that he bought his Philippine passport from a fixer for P130,000.