8 more Indos caught in NAIA

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Indonesian pilgrims

THE Bureau of Immigration (BI) has intercepted eight Indonesian nationals at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) after they arrived from a pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia using Philippine passports.

The eight Indonesians were separated from Filipino Muslims who also went on the Hajj (pilgrimage) upon their arrival at the NAIA Terminal II on board Philippine Airlines flight PR 659 from Abu Dhabi.

The Indonesians were brought to the Kalayaan Hall in Villamor Airbase and processed by members of the BI, the National Bureau of Investigation, PNP, and other government agencies.

Around 10 staff members of the Indonesian Embassy, including Consul Tody Baskoro, were on hand to assist their citizens during the investigation.

An Immigration source said they were monitoring all in-coming flights from Saudi Arabia in three terminals from September 19 until October 4 to intercept more than 10 Indonesians who were believed to be holding Philippine passports.

The BI intercepted 177 Indonesians at the NAIA Terminal 2 on August 19 and stopped them from going on a pilgrimage to Mecca because they had Philippine passports. The 177 Indonesian pilgrims were deported back to Indonesia.

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