American arrested with fake Philippine passport


Trying to enter the country with a fake Philippine passport, an American national was detained at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), the Bureau of Immigration (BI) said on Sunday.

Grifton Medina, BI Port Operations Division chief said 49-year-old Elmer Doller was seized early Saturday at the NAIA Terminal 3 after alighting a flight from Doha, Qatar.

Medina noted that an immigration officer noticed that Medina’s passport had no security features and could not be detected by the passport reader.

“He initially claimed his passport is genuine because his mother is a Filipina. However, he later confessed that he obtained his Philippine passport from a friend in Cavite,” Medina added.

Doller was taken to the BI Detention Facility in Taguig awaiting prosecution for violating immigration laws.

Immigration officers also seized on Saturday a Filipina passenger who tried to leave the country towards Spain with a fake Schengen visa.

The woman, who remained unnamed due to anti-trafficking laws, stirred suspicion after claiming that she was vacationing in Barcelona for 11 days, said Glenn Comia, head of the BI’s Travel Control and Enforcement Unit (TCEU) at NAIA Terminal 1.

The ticket and hotel booking she offered, however, was good for only 3 days, cited Comia. The BI’s forensic laboratory certified that the woman’s visa was fake, Comia noted.

The woman was handed over to the Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking (IACAT) for investigation and assistance.

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