FOR attempting to leave the country with fraudulent passports, two foreigners -- a Chinese and a Colombian -- were detained by the Bureau of Immigration (BI).
BI Port Operations Division Chief Grifton Medina said the two passengers were apprehended in separate incidents last week at the NAIA terminal 3 as they were about to board their outbound flights.
Chinese national Han Yujia, 36, who was caught with a counterfeit Guatemalan passport while about to leave via an Air Asia flight to Bangkok, was arrested on January 14.
Colombian national Juan Arturo Carbajo, 48, was apprehended last January 17, for presenting a fake Argentinean passport before he could board a Cebu Pacific flight to Macau.
According to Glen Comia, NAIA-BI Travel Control and Enforcement Unit head at NAIA 3, the passports presented by Han and Carbajo were found to be fraudulent after these were examined by the BI’s forensic document laboratory.
Comia said Han admitted during questioning that he is a Chinese citizen, and surrendered his Chinese passport that he hid in his luggage.
Carbajo, Comia said, allegedly bought his fake Argentinean passport for $US300 from a passport fraud syndicate in Lima, Peru.
Both of them are now detained at Bicutan Detention Center for violating our immigration law,” Medina said.