MANILA, Philippines – The Bureau of Immigration (BI) on Tuesday said it detained two foreigners intercepted at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) for attempting to illegally enter and leave the country.
The BI said the two foreigners were apprehended separately last week.
In a report, BI port operations division chief Grifton Media said one of the passengers was a Chinese national who is a fugitive in his country, while the other was an African passenger who presented a spurious passport.
The Chinese national, identified as 22-year old Wang Zhi Qiang, was intercepted at the NAIA Terminal 1 on November 14 upon his arrival from Xiamen, China.
The bureau said he was barred from entering the Philippines after an immigration officer saw his name in the database of blacklisted aliens.
Wang was reportedly blacklisted after the bureau received information from Chinese authorities about his alleged involvement in telecommunications fraud.
On the other hand, the other passenger identified as 20-year old Enow Lewis was caught with a fraudulent passport at the NAIA Terminal 3 as he was attempting to board a flight to Hong Kong.
He was arrested after the immigration computer system detected discrepancies in his passport.
The BI said visual inspection showed that his passport is still valid while the system tagged it as expired. It was confirmed to be fraudulent after it was examined at the BI’s forensic document laboratory.
Lewis is currently detained at the BI Warden Facility pending his deportation.