MANILA – A Filipina bound for Tokyo, Japan was intercepted after presenting a fake passport at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 1, the Bureau of Immigration said Wednesday.
BI spokesperson Dana Krizia Sandoval, the 19-year old Filipina presented a 5-day itinerary to Jeju Island and Tokyo allegedly to go on vacation with her Japanese boyfriend.
But immigration officers noticed that her passport does not contain the usual security features of a regular Philippine passport.
Ma. Carelyn Taberna, BI Travel Control and Enforcement Unit (TCEU) head at the terminal, said their forensic document laboratory then confirmed that the Pinay’s passport was indeed fraudulent.
During an interview, Taberna said the Pinay admitted that she applied for the passport last July through a person she met online. She paid P2,000 to a fixer who promised to immediately deliver her passport via courier.
"Her passport shows that it was issued in 2016, despite her having only applied last month," Taberna added.