Bureau of Immigration bars 2 foreign fugitives from PH
The Bureau of Immigration (BI) has stopped two foreign fugitives from trying to enter the country.
According to the BI, a German national and a Chinese woman facing various offenses were intercepted separately. They were barred from entry and booked on the first available flights to their ports of origin.
Both were also placed on the immigration blacklist which perpetually bans them from entering the Philippines, it added.
Immigration Commissioner Norman Tansingco identified the Chinese woman as Chen Qiaolin, 30, who arrived at Ninoy Aquino International Airport aboard a Philippine Airlines flight from Kuala Lumpur on January 2.
Tansingco said that her name registered a hit in the Interpol database, prompting immigration officials to exclude her and send her back to Malaysia.
Information from the Interpol’s national central bureau in Manila revealed that Chen was wanted in China for human trafficking.
According to the public security bureau of Feixi country in Anhui province, China, she had engaged in telecommunications fraud and illegal online gambling activities.
It added that Chen had also been charged with forging the travel documents of trafficking victims who were able to illegally enter Malaysia, Cambodia and other countries.
“We believe that she might be part of an illegal human trafficking syndicate deploying Chinese workers illegally to other Asian countries. Hence, her presence in the country poses as a threat to Filipinos,” said Tansingco.
German national Reiner Reinhold Heber, on the other hand, was intercepted at Mactan Cebu International Airport.
The 63-year-old Heber, an alleged recidivist and violent offender who was sentenced to a prison term of nine years for attempted homicide, was turned back after arriving on board a China Airlines flight from Taipei as immigration officers had already been alerted about his presence by officials from the BI intelligence division.