MANILA Three Africans were arrested at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) for attempting to enter the country with fake passports, the Bureau of Immigration (BI) said on Tuesday.
BI Port Operations Division chief Grifton Medina said Clifford Obeng, 40; Anthony Sackey, 30; and Tahiru Ahmed, 48, were intercepted upon their arrival from Istanbul, Turkey via a Turkish Airlines flight that arrived at the NAIA Terminal 3 last April 10.
He noted that the immigration officers who processed the foreigners saw numerous red flags so they referred them for secondary inspection to members of the Bureau's Travel Control and Enforcement Unit (TCEU).
The TCEU members immediately noticed irregularities in their passports and this was confirmed by our forensic document examiners, he said.
A certification issued by the BI said the passports of the three passengers are fraudulent and their biographical pages are all counterfeit.
"There were alterations in the passport itself, and the biographical page was entirely bogus," Medina added.
On the other hand, BI-TCEU chief Erwin OrtaAez believed that the Africans attempted to use fake Ghana passports because citizens of the said country are not required to obtain entry visas when going to the Philippines.
The passengers may have originated from an African nation whose nationals are categorized as restricted, and are thus obliged to apply for a visa in our consulates abroad to enter the Philippines, he said.
The Africans are now detained at the BI Detention Facility in Camp Bagong Diwa, Taguig City and are facing prosecution for violating the Philippine Immigration Act. (PNA)
Source: Philippines News Agency