FOR reportedly attempting to leave the country with a fraudulent Canadian passport, an Eritrean woman was detained by the Bureau of Immigration (BI).
BI port operations chief Grifton Medina, in his report to Commissioner Jaime Morente, identified the passenger as Safae Hazot Medin Omran, 31. She was arrested on December 2 at the departure area of the Mactan international airport in Cebu.
Medina said that Omran was about to board an Eva Airways flight to Taipei en route to her final destination in Vancouver, Canada when she was intercepted and barred from leaving by members of the BI travel control and enforcement unit.
“She initially insisted that she is a Canadian citizen despite irregularities, discrepancies and signs of alterations on her Canadian passport. She also could not present any other identification document to prove her Canadian citizenship,” Medina said.
It was learned that the woman later admitted her true nationality by presenting her Eritrean passport that was hidden in her luggage, while admitting having procured her Canadian passport for 18,000 Saudi Riyals in Riyadh.
The passenger also admitted knowing very well that the travel document she had used was fraudulent.
Omran, who is presently detained at the BI detention facility in Bicutan, Taguig City, will be charged accordingly.