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Three aliens nabbed for drug-related crimes and faking immigration stamps

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A TAIWANESE and two Indians were arrested right inside their homes by Bureau of Immigration (BI) officers at the Clark International Airport (CIA) for drug-related crimes and using fake immigration stamps, respectively.

Taiwanese Lai Po Ving, 33 and Indians as Amritpal, 30 and Pritpal Singh, 24, were said to have attempted to board a Tiger Air flight bound to Singapore last October 6 when they were nabbed, it was learned fom BI Intelligence Division Chief Fortunato ‘Jun’ Manahan, Jr.

Manahan said that Lai initially presented his Turkish passport bearing the name Lai Bulut along with his Special Investor’s Resident Visa (SIRV) card and after further verification of his travel history and documents, it was learned that Lai is the subject of a summary deportation order issued last April 2021 for violation of the terms and conditions of his stay under the Philippine Immigration Act of 1940.

Lai was also discovered to be wanted by the Taiwan Police Attache for violation of the Anti-Illegal Drug Ac and according to Manahan, Lai tried to evade prosecution for his crime by using his Turkish passport, but his plan was foiled by our officers who were very thorough in checking his records.

Amritpal and Singh, on the other hand, were apprehended for having passports that were affixed with counterfeit Philippine entry visas, visa extension stickers and arrival stamps.

BI Commissioner Norman Tansingco then expressed his dismay over the said incident, saying: “These attempts to use visas and stamps to clear immigration inspection are futile. Our officers undergo rigorous training to detect dubious documents.

Tansingco commended the BI officers for the triple apprehension and said that the arrested aliens have been turned over to the BI’s legal division pending deportation proceedings.

“These arrests are a testament to our officers’ vigilance in manning our ports,” said Tansingco. “Rest assured that we will remain true to our mission to contribute to national security and development,” the BI chief added.

Itchie G. Cabayan
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