PH immigration deports HK, Chinese nationals over fake travel docs
Two Hong Kong and two Chinese nationals were barred from boarding their connecting flights bound to Canada for using fraudulent travel documents by immigration officials at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport [NAIA].
Manila International Airport Authority [MIAA] General Manager Ed Monreal identified the four passengers as Lam Mik Ho and Mak Hin Chun Adrian both Hong Kong nationals while Chen Kaihui and He Chaorong were both Chinese nationals.
BI port operations chief Grifton Medina said the four aliens were caught at the NAIA terminal 2 on Friday after they arrived aboard a Philippine Airlines (PAL) flight from Hong Kong.
Medina said the passengers’ ruse was foiled when airline personnel who doubted their documents referred them to the BI’s travel control and enforcement unit (TCEU) for questioning.
BI-TCEU chief Ma. Timotea Barizo said two of the passengers were Hong Kong nationals identified as Lam Mik Ho and Mak Hin Chun Adrian transiting in Manila and were supposed to board their connecting flight to Toronto, Canada.
The duo checked in with the airline’s transfer desk upon landing, but the airline representatives were surprised when another two passengers identified as Chinese nationals Chen Kaihui and He Chaorong presented Hong Kong passports bearing Lam and Mak’s names.
“There were two sets of Lam and Maks who wanted to transit to Canada, both sets carrying the same documents,” Barizo shared.
Upon forensic document examination, it was discovered that Chen and He presented fake Hong Kong passports, and merely assumed the identities. Chinese passports were later discovered in their possession and prompted the immigration to bar the four passengers from boarding their flight to Canada.
Canadian authorities likewise cancelled the electronic travel authorization (ETA) issued to Lam and Mak due to misrepresentation and conspiring using fraudulent documents.
BI Commissioner Jaime Morente ordered the inclusion of the four aliens in the immigration blacklist and barred them from reentering the country.
“These undesirable aliens should be banned from re-entering our country. They have no right to use the Philippines as a jump-off point to enter other countries illegally. Let this serve as a warning. You will be caught,” Morente said.
The four were immediately sent back to Hong Kong and were barred from re-entering the Philippines.