The Bureau of Immigration (BI) reported yesterday the interception of three foreigners for carrying falsified travel documents upon arrival at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).
BI Port Operations Division Chief Grifton Medina told BI Commissioner Jaime Morente that two Senegalese and one Kiribati national were intercepted on separate occasions at NAIA 1 and 3.
Medina said all of them carried fake passports so they were immediately booked on the first available flight back to their ports of origin (airport-to-airport or A-to-A).
He surmised an international syndicate is behind the smuggling into the country of illegal aliens with bogus travel documents.
The Kiribati national was identified as Eliezear Mercy Obiora while the two from Senegal were the couple Jonas Mendy and George Mendy.
Sandoval disclosed that aside from using fake passports, the passengers were not able to explain their purposes in coming to the Philippines when interviewed by officers from the BI Travel Control and Enforcement Unit.
“They did not have any clear idea on what to do and where to go once they got into the Philippines,” Sandoval said. “We suspect that this is an attempt to use the country as a jump off point to other first world countries,” she said.