Bureau of Immigration | Port Operations
MANILA - Two Korean fugitives were recently nabbed by authorities at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), the Bureau of Immigration said in a statement, Friday.The suspects were identified as 26-year-old Kim Sung Wan, who was about to board a flight to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; and 53-year-old Kim Sung Young, who arrived from Saigon, Vietnam. Both suspects are facing fraud charges in their home country, according to the Immigration's statement. The 26-year-old was intercepted at the NAIA Terminal 3 last August 14, while the other one was arrested 2 days after, Immigration Port Operations Chief Grifton Medina said. "The passengers were apprehended after their names appeared in the registered Bureau of Immigration Interpol database, which is linked with the bureau’s computer system, showing that they have derogatory records," his statement read. The fugitives were deported to Seoul after Immigration officials coordinated with the Korean Embassy in Manila.
MANILA, Philippines – The Bureau of Immigration (BI) has warned the public to be wary of scammers following the arrest of 13 Filipino passengers bound for Hong Kong caught in possession of fake airline tickets at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA). Bureau of Immigration Port Operations Division Chief Grifton Medina said the passengers were intercepted last Monday (July 8) at the airline counter of Cathay Pacific at the NAIA 3 terminal. According to the BI, the passengers were scammed and only found out about it at the airport after the attending airline personnel discovered that their tickets were not encoded in their system. “It seems that they are victims of a scammers who prey on the public by selling fake tickets at cheap prices to entice their victims,” Medina said. According to the initial investigation by the BI’s Travel Control and Enforcement Unit (TCEU), the passengers pointed at one of their woman companions as the person who enticed them to buy the plane tickets. The woman, however, said she was not aware that the tickets were bogus. She also couldn’t present credentials of the person who offered her the bogus tickets whom she knew only by the name ‘Jennifer’.
BI TCEU Chief Timotea Barizo confirmed also that their hotel bookings were cancelled as well. “They were also allegedly told to wear T-shirts bearing the name of a herbal product during their trip and were instructed to take off the shirts after they are cleared by Immigration,” said Barizo. “It was done to make it seem like they were on an official company trip abroad. Why would they be instructed to misrepresent themselves if there was no ill intention?” she added. Barizo suspects that they have been victimized by illegal recruiters who promised jobs abroad. All 13 passengers were eventually turned over to the Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking (IACAT) for assistance and further investigation