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Bureau of Immigration personnel at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport intercepted two Palestinians and a Senegalese who tried last week  to leave the country with fake travel documents.

In an advisory released Thursday, BI port operations division chief Grifton Medina identified the three foreigners as Yousef Hilles and Nour Muamar from Palestine and Fallou Thiam from Senegal.

The Palestinians and the Senegalese were arrested on June 28 and June 29, respectively, for presenting fake passports and visas.

Medina said the Palestinian couple was intercepted while attempting to board a flight to Malaysia. They were found using fake United Arab Emirates passports with bogus Philippine immigration arrival and departure stamps.

He said the Senegalese passenger attempted to fly to Toronto using a counterfeit Canadian visa sticker on his passport.

“This should serve as a warning to foreigners not to use the Philippines as a jump off point to other countries. You cannot elude the watchful eyes of immigration officers in our ports,” Medina said. “Our personnel are highly skilled in detecting fraud, and we have the technology to instantly verify the authenticity of documents presented.”

BI travel control and enforcement unit chief Timotea Barizo said the Palestinians admitted to acquiring their fake UAE passports for USD 10,000.

Barizo said the couple, who resided in Malaysia, had just arrived from Fiji, where they stayed for 20 days.

In Fiji, they were prevented from boarding their flight to New Zealand, where they intended to stay for good, Barizo added.

He said Thiam, the Senegalese, told immigration officers that he acquired the fake visa from a friend who worked at the Canadian embassy in Senegal.

The three foreigners were returned to their port of origin and placed on the BI’s blacklist to prevent them from reentering the Philippines.

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