Monday, April 11, 2016

BI on alert over foreign terrorists trying to gain entry into PHL

From the Philippine News Agency (Apr 11): BI on alert over foreign terrorists trying to gain entry into PHL

Bureau of Immigration (BI) Commissioner Ronaldo Geron has ordered its newly designated intelligence head to tighten the security and monitoring of all foreign nationals arriving in the country.

He issued the directive to Intel Chief Rommel De Leon to ensure that wanted persons from friendly nations and foreign terrorists with links to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) will not use the Philippines as their hiding place and jump-off point to their foreign targets.

For his part, the new chief of the Intelligence Division vowed to assign skilled and experienced immigration agents in all international airports and seaports to screen arriving foreigners and prevent the entry of suspected international terrorists and wanted foreign persons.

With this, De Leon reported that they intercepted a Korean national wanted in his home country for various crimes, including extortion and blackmailing his countrymen living in the Philippines.

The fugitive was identified as Choi Yeong-ik, who also used fraudulent Philippine passport under a Filipino name Bryan Cruz Chua. He also claimed that he was born in Motiong, Samar, to gain easy entry at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport.

The BI reported that the foreigner also holds a Philippine driver's license, while his Philippine passport was allegedly issued in Cebu province.

Meanwhile, the BI also held a Chinese national at the NAIA terminal 1 last April 7.

He was identified as Mark Chin Perez Lao, bound for Tel Aviv, Israel. He refused to divulge his real Chinese identity.

Lao’s passport turned out to be fraudulent when an immigration officer entered the passport in the newly installed passport reading machine.

The passport revealed only three digits instead of eight numerical digits.

Both are now now detained at the BI detention facility in Camp Bagong Diwa, Bicutan, Taguig City, pending the deportation proceedings to be filed against them.

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