The Philippines Bureau of Immigration (BI) is set to expel from that Country two foreigners who allegedly used fake travel documents in separate attempts to leave for Belgium and Canada.
According to the GMA News, summary deportation and re-entry ban proceedings were launched against one Frederick Buchester, a Liberian; and one Ravinder Kumar, an Indian, the bureau said in a press statement on Monday.
Buchester, 53, was arrested on July 25, the day he was due to leave for Belgium with a “counterfeit” Liberian passport, the BI said.
Meanwhile Kumar, a 30-year-old transit passenger, was intercepted on July 27 before he could board a connecting flight to Canada with a “fraudulent” visa, it added.
Ninoy Aquino International Airport-BI officials suspect the trips of the two were facilitated by syndicates “trying to use Manila as a transit point for smuggling illegal aliens to other countries.”
Buchester and Kumar are detained at the BI detention facility in Camp Bagong Diwa in Taguig City pending their deportation, the bureau said.
Immigration commissioner Jaime Morente, according to the statement, strongly encouraged immigration officers at the airport to be “doubly strict” in screening passengers amid arrests of aliens using bogus travel papers.
Source: BM, GMA News