The Bureau of Immigration (BI) said its agents have arrested two illegal aliens in Cebu and Manila.
Immigration Commissioner Norman Tansingco said the aliens, an American and an Indian, were arrested by operatives from the BI intelligence division in separate operations conducted in Carcar City and at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).
Tansingco said the aliens are now detained at the BI warden facility in Camp Bagong Diwa, Taguig City while undergoing deportation proceedings for violating Philippine immigration laws.
BI intelligence chief Fortunato Manahan Jr. identified the American as 48-year-old Barry Lee Jordan who was arrested last April 28 at his partner’s residence in Bgy. Upper Buenavista, Carcar City.
Members of the BI’s regional intelligence operations unit based in Cebu reported that Jordan had been overstaying in the country for more than seven years or since Dec. 27, 2015 when he last arrived in the country as a tourist.
It was learned that Jordan was not able to present or any travel document when confronted by the arresting team, thus he will also be deported for being an undocumented alien.
Jordan was also charged for undesirability, having been considered a threat to his community. Videos of Jordan circulated on Youtube allegedly threatening a bartender with a knife while livestreaming.
BI agents nab 2 illegal aliens in Cebu, Manila
Manahan also reported that last April 25, elements from the BI’s border control and intelligence group (BCIU) at the NAIA 3 terminal intercepted and arrested an Indian national who was caught with a fraudulent entry visa on his passport.
Harwinder Singh, 33, was about to board a flight to New Delhi when the immigration officer who processed him doubted the authenticity of the Philippine entry visa that is pasted on his passport.
Examination conducted by the BI’s forensic documents laboratory confirmed that the said visa is counterfeit.
Meanwhile, BI announced that they will resume posting airport operations updates on social media.
According to BI Commissioner Norman Tansingco, they have received good feedback on the initiative when they initially implemented it during the holy week.
The BI will be using the agency’s social media platforms to post photos of their operations to update the traveling public during weekends and holidays.