Immigration seeks FOCAP's help on Atyani

by Ina Reformina, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 27 2012 06:05 PM | Updated as of Jun 28 2012 06:48 AM

MANILA, Philippines - The Bureau of Immigration (BI) has asked the Foreign Correspondents Association of the Philippines (FOCAP) to confirm if hostaged Jordanian journalist Baker Atyani is a member of the organization.

Immigration spokesperson Maria Antonette Mangrobang on Wednesday said foreigners need to be properly documented, including their intent and activities, when they enter the country. She added that this is "standard operating procedure."

“We were requesting for verification/certification if Mr. Atyani is registered/accredited with FOCAP,” Mangrobang said in a text message.

“We have to check if foreigners have appropriate documentation for the activities they are performing in the country,” she added.

FOCAP is a non-profit organization of international news agencies, publications, radio and television networks.

Atyani, along with his Filipino crew, has went missing in the southern island of Sulu, a stronghold of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG). Atyani is the South Asian Bureau Chief of Dubai-Based Al Arabiya Network.