Bureau of Immigration

OFW held for ‘fake’ passport

September 22, 2023 Jun I. Legaspi 165 views

BUREAU of Immigration (BI) officers at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport intercepted a female overseas Filipino worker (OFW) believed to have presented a fraudulently-acquired passport.

The OFW, whose name was withheld in compliance with local trafficking laws, was intercepted last September 17 at the NAIA Terminal 1 after attempting to depart for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia onboard a Philippine airlines flight.

The woman presented a passport showing that she is 30-years-old, and is bound for Saudi to work as a housemaid.

However, immigration officers noted numerous inconsistencies and referred her for further inspection.

She eventually admitted that she assumed her cousin’s identity, and admitted to her real name and age. She admitted that she is only 20 years old and born in 2003.

After determining that she has presented a fraudulently-acquired passport, she was referred to the inter-agency council against trafficking for further investigation.

Her passport was forwarded to the Department of Foreign Affairs for appropriate action.