BI to deport two foreigners arrested for violating immigration laws

The Bureau of Immigration (BI) is set to deport two foreign nationals arrested in separate operations in Pasig and Bulacan for violation of immigration laws.

According to BI Intelligence Division Chief Fortunato Manahan Jr., arrested last November 9 in a condominium building in Pasig City, was a Ghanian identified as Benjamin Akomeah, 38 years old.

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Akomeah was the subject of a summary deportation issued by BI’s Board of Commissioners, for being a an undesirable alien.  Upon inspection, Akomeah was also found to be undocumented after having failed to present his or any immigration document.

Also arrested by immigration operatives was a 72-year-old American national.  Manahan identified the foreign national as John Randall Wilson, who was arrested in coordination with the San Jose del Monte City Police Station and barangay officials in a residential home in San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan last November 14.

Wilson was the subject of a mission issued by BI Commissioner Norman Tansingco.  He was reportedly found to be overstaying, and was not able to present his immigration documents, violating the Philippine Immigration Act of 1940.

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BI to deport two foreigners arrested for violating immigration laws

He was said to be the subject of numerous complaints for allegedly posting videos of children on social media and several websites.

Upon arrest, both were immediately subjected to RT PCR testing following BI health protocols, and were transferred to the BI’s holding facility in Taguig where they will temporarily remain until deportation.

Meanwhile, Tansingco sees that the country’s e-Travel platform would allow faster and easier processing for arriving passengers.

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The system, which was launched on December 5, is an initiative of a sub-technical working group of the IATF, chaired by the BI.

Partner agencies are the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT), the Department of Tourism (DOT), the Bureau of Quarantine (BOQ), the Bureau of Customs (BOC), the Department of Health (DOH), the Department of Transportation (DOTr), the Department of Justice (DOJ).

“The system will consolidate all data collection processes at the ports,” said Tansingco. “Instead of having to fill out several forms for different agencies, all will be consolidated into one platform to streamline entry procedures,” he added.

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