Sex offender arrested in Mactan-Cebu airport

The Bureau of Immigration (BI) barred the entry of a British sex offender at the Mactan-Cebu International Airport (MCIA) last February 14.

The man, identified as Mark Andrew Bowman, 54, was stopped by BI officers upon his arrival in Cebu on board a Singapore Airlines flight from Singapore.


He was said to be planning to enter the country and to stay in Brgy. Basak, Lapu-Lapu City for almost a month.

Bowman was identified as a registered sex offender under Section 29(A)3 of Philippine immigration laws, after the BI received information from government intelligence sources that he was previously convicted for gross indecency wherein the victim is a ten-year-old child.

He was immediately flagged after his name appeared in the BI’s list of foreigners who were previously convicted of crimes involving moral turpitude.


“We commend the swift and decisive action of our immigration officers at MCIA in intercepting this sexual predator, and we remain steadfast in our commitment to ensuring the integrity of our borders,” said Tansingco.

Bowman was immediately boarded on the next available flight back to his country of origin.

As a consequence of the exclusion, his name has been included in the BI’s blacklist, effectively barring him from re-entering the country in the future.


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e-bike with 2 Chinese on board hits young cyclist in Pasay

A young cyclist was injured after being hit by an e-bike in Pasay City, according to a report from Unang Balita this Monday.

The 15-year-old cyclist, identified as Gab Isidro, suffered elbow and knee injuries after being hit by an e-bike with two Chinese on board.

Isidro was given first aid by the authorities while the e-bike was chased.

Through the translator on the cellphone, the teenager said that he would not file a complaint against the two Chinese and that he rejected their offer of payment.

The two Chinese said they could not speak Tagalog or English.

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