AN overstaying Korean was arrested by officers of the Bureau of Immigration at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport for trying to leave the country by misrepresenting himself as a Filipino.
BI Ports Operation Division chief Grifton Medina said Kwak Dong Hee, 26, was apprehended last Dec. 28 at the departure area of the NAIA 3 terminal as he was about to board a Cebu Pacific flight to Saigon, Vietnam.
Medina said Kwak assumed the name of one Erik Nacis, purportedly born to a Korean man and a Filipina in Meycauayan, Bulacan in 1992. However, the immigration officer who processed him became suspicious after noticing he could not converse in Filipino and had trouble communicating in any local dialect.
It was during questioning that he admitted his true identity as a Korean citizen and the Philippine passport he presented was fraudulently-acquired.
According to supervisor Carlo Gomez of the BI Travel Control and Enforcement Unit, Kwak admitted that his parents are Koreans and that he illegally obtained his Philippine passport by paying more than P120,000 to a compatriot in the country.
“Our records check showed that Kwak last arrived in the country on Aug. 27, 2015, hence he has already been overstaying for more than three years,” Gomez added.
With Jerry Tan