Bureau of Immigration (BI) officers intercepted a Canadian man suspected to be a fake Filipino.
According to a report from Travel Control and Enforcement Unit (TCEU) Acting Chief Ann Camille Mina, the subject, 49 years old, was referred by primary inspectors after attempting to depart for Taiwan via an Eva Air flight at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 1.
The foreign-looking suspect presented a Philippine passport, but raised the officer’s suspicion after he was found unable to speak Filipino or any Philippine dialect. He was likewise unable to answer basic questions about his identity.
Verification in the BI’s database revealed that the suspect had multiple travels in the country using a Canadian and a Hong Kong passport, and is a holder of a permanent residence visa.
Upon interview, he later admitted that it was his lawyer who processed his birth certificate for the application of his passport.
BI officers suspect that his passport and birth certificate were fraudulently-acquired.
The suspect was later turned over to the Immigration’s Legal Division for inquest and charging for violation of the Philippine Immigration Act.
BI to hire more employees
The Bureau of Immigration announced that it will be hiring more personnel through its online application platform.
Immigration Commissioner Norman Tansingco shared that at least 49 slots for the position of immigration officer are available, as well as other plantilla positions such as clerks, intelligence officers, and fingerprint examiners.
According to Immigration Personnel Section Chief Atty. Cris Villalobos, applicants are advised to proceed to the agency’s online job application portal at careers.immigration.gov.ph for the list of vacant positions and requirements.
Applications will be accepted until January 20, 2023, and only those with complete requirements will be considered.
Applicants for the position of immigration officer who meet the basic documentary requirements are required to take a qualifying examination.
Selected applicants will then need to undergo training at the Philippine Immigration Academy, located in Clark, Pampanga prior to deployment.
Interested applicants may also visit the BI’s website at immigration.gov.ph for more information.