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.
MANILA, Philippines – Eleven Chinese nationals have been ordered blacklisted for overstaying in the country, the Bureau of Immigration (BI) said Monday.
In a statement, the BI said the Chinese nationals were ordered to leave the country for exceeding their stay.
They also meted fines and penalties, the bureau added.
“These aliens are now barred from re-entering the Philippines for violating the conditions of their stay,” BI Commissioner Jaime Morente said.
“They were allowed to come here by availing a visa upon arrival (VUA), yet they abused that privilege by overstaying without valid reason and justification at all,” he added.
It was learned that the blacklisted Chinese nationals arrived in the Philippines on separate dates in November 2019 and December 2020.
They recently appeared at the BI main office in Manila to update their stay and present plane tickets manifesting their intention to leave the country when visa officers noted the violation, the BI said.
Under the rules, tourists issued with VUA are allowed to travel and stay in the Philippines for not more than 30 days.
The BI, however, suspended the implementation of the VUA in January to curb the spread of the COVID-19.
“The scheme remains suspended as the government continues to restrict the entry of foreign tourists due to the COVID-19 pandemic,” the bureau added.
MANILA, Philippines – The Bureau of Customs (BOC) at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) has seized 640 grams of shabu (crystal meth) estimated to worth P4.5 million in a warehouse in Pasay City.
The contraband was found in an unclaimed parcel at the DHL warehouse.
The BOC said the seized illegal drug was concealed inside tin cans of wafer and packs of chocolates, stuffed toys, candies and slippers to avoid detection.
It was shipped from Las Vegas, Nevada in the United States and consigned to a certain resident of Hagonoy, Bulacan.
However, its contents were detected through “intensified vigilance and profiling BOC-NAIA” and coordinated with Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA and the NAIA Inter-Agency Drug Interdiction Task Group (IADITG).
Chemical Laboratory Analysis conducted by PDEA confirmed that the seized white crystalline substance were indeed methamphetamine hydrochloride.
The BOC said the items have been turned over to the PDEA on Sept. 24 for further profiling and case build-up against those behind its importation for possible prosecution for violation of the Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 in relation to Section 1401 of the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act.
MANILA, Philippines – The Bureau of Immigration (BI) on Monday announced it has opened a quarantine facility to house foreign detainees with mild to moderate symptoms of novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
The BI said its Ligtas COVID Centre is located inside the New Bilibid Prison Compound in Muntinlupa City.
The facility can accommodate 30 to 60 persons and will be staffed by medical personnel and guarded by the officers of the BI Warden Facility (BIWF) 24/7.
The BI said it is also planning to install CCTV cameras in the ward, similar to those in hospitals, for remote monitoring and to lessen physical contact.
The project is in partnership with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), the Department of Justice and the Bureau of Corrections, the bureau said.
BIWF chief Remiecar Caguiron said they used to isolate foreign detainees with COVID-19 symptoms in the custodial quarters of their detention facility at Camp Bagong Diwa, adding that this setup poses a big risk for both the personnel and detainees of contracting the disease.
“We have very limited space in our warden facility, and the number of detained aliens remain high. That’s why this isolation ward lessens the risk, and is a big help in ensuring the health and safety of everyone in the BIWF,” she said.
There are currently 315 aliens detained at the BIWF for various immigration offenses.
The number of detainees ballooned following the BI’s crackdown on large companies that hired illegal aliens earlier this year.
The BI earlier reported that they moved to decongest the detention center as early as April this year.
Caguiron said more than a hundred aliens have already been deported since April, while at-risk detainees have been released on bail.
“Overcrowding in the facility is a health risk, and we want to ensure that we mitigate this risk and stop the spread of this disease though the help of this isolation facility,” she said.
The BI said five aliens have so far tested positive for coronavirus but most of them are now recovering from the viral respiratory disease.
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