AN African woman who reportedly attempted to leave the country for Europe in the guise of being a Guatemalan citizen was nabbed at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) by agents from the Bureau of Immigration (BI).
In his report to BI Commissioner Jaime Morente, Port Operations Division Chief Grifton Medina said the woman, who identified herself as Desiree Dalila Sanchez, was intercepted last Tuesday at the departure area of NAIA Terminal 1 as she was about to board a China Airlines flight to Frankfurt, Germany.
Medina said she was intercepted by members of the BI’s Travel Control and Enforcement Unit when the officer inspecting her documents noticed irregularities on her passport and the forensic document examiners were able to confirm that her passport was fake.
According to Medina, the arrest is the latest addition to a series of interceptions of illegal aliens attempting to use Manila as a transit point to first world countries, adding that these kinds of schemes will not succeed, as the BI has highly-skilled officers, as well as high tech equipment that can detect fraud within seconds.
Initial investigation revealed that the woman presented a fraudulent Guatemalan passport with a counterfeit biographical page. She reportedly insisted that she is a Guatemalan citizen, although she later confessed that both her parents are from the central African country of Cameroon.
The said passenger is now detained at the BI detention facility in Bicutan, Taguig City, pending her prosecution for violating the country’s immigration act.
The said act penalizes aliens who knowingly uses false immigration documents to enter or leave the country, Medina said.