Overstaying Vietnamese couple arrested for presenting fake documents at the airport

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DAVAO CITY (April 7) — The Bureau of Immigration arrested Vietnamese couple who tried to leave the country using a fake immigration stamps on their passports.

The overstaying coupled identified as Nguyen Thanh Quang, 35, and his wife Pham Thi Dung, 34, attempted to board a Philippine Airlines flight to Ho Chih Minh City last March 30 when they were intercepted at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 2 by members of the bureau’s travel control and enforcement unit (TCEU).

BI Port Operations Chief Grifton Medina said “Their passports had arrival stamps indicating that they arrived only last March 11 but a check of our database showed that they did not arrive on that day,” Medina said.

He added that the BI’s anti-fraud section which examined the passports later certified that the arrival stamps imprinted on the couple’s passports are not authentic.

“They thought they could evade paying their fines for overstaying by making it appear that they arrived only recently through these fake arrival stamps. These fraudulent schemes cannot escape detection by our vigilant officers at the airport,” Medina said.

According to BI-TCEU Chief Erwin Ortañez, the couple had been in the country for nine months as their last date of arrival was June 5 last year.

“Instead of applying for the extension of their stay and pay the required fees, they chose to deal with fixers who make a living by selling these fake stamps to overstaying foreign tourists,” Ortañez said.

The couple’s fraudulent scheme was discovered after BI personnel noticed that their passports did not have departure stamps from their supposed previous arrival.

The couple is now detained at the BI detention facility in Camp Bagong Diwa, Taguig City pending their prosecution for violating the Philippine Immigration Act.

Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente said “These activities will not be tolerated,” said Morente. The BIWF currently houses 212 foreign nationals awaiting deportation.-ezc/NewsLine.ph

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