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Recurring Senegalese interceptions alarms Immigration Bureau

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Bureau of Immigration (BI) Commissioner Norman Tansingco branded as ‘alarming’ recent, recurrent interceptions of Senegalese using fake documentation.

Tansingco said he is particularly concerned over the recent interceptions of Senegal nationals who were caught in possession of passports with fraudulent BI stamps and visas, saying it implies that there might be a syndicate that defrauds these Africans and offers to fix their documents, but instead gives them fake ones.

Following the interceptions, the BI issued immigration alerts on the schemes for its frontliners.

“Foreign nationals in the country should not seek the assistance of fixers that promise to process your papers illegally. Report these fixers immediately to the police so they can be arrested and jailed,” the BI chief said.

Earlier on, the BI reported intercepting three Senegalese passengers, including two minors, at the Mactan-Cebu International Airport (NAIA) for attempting to leave with fake BI stamps in their passports.

A further examination of their passports by the BI’s forensic documents laboratory revealed that the Schengen visas pasted on their passports are also counterfeit.

Also in March, the BI reported having intercepted the application of a Senegal man with a fake BI stamp impressed on his passport.

Itchie G. Cabayan
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