Immigration officials have apprehended five foreigners at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport for entering the Philippines as a transit point by using fake passports.
The transit passengers were two Chinese, two Iranians, and a Somali.
In the wake of the arrests, Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II on Wednesday ordered the National Bureau of Immigration to work closely with BI to investigate the case on suspicion of human trafficking.
The foreigners were intercepted at the NAIA between Nov. 25 to Dec. 4 for using fake travel documents.
BI officials first caught the Somalian national on Nov. 25 who was on his way to London using a Swedish passport.
Five days later, two Chinese nationals were caught at NAIA Terminal 2. They were also bound for London.
On Dec. 4, the two Iranians were caught using a Slovakian and French passports. One of them was headed to Dublin, Ireland.
Aguirre said the foreigners suspiciously arrived in the Philippines during the 31st ASEAN Summit when the government was busy attending to the delegates. - reports from Johnson Manabat and Raya Capulong, ABS-CBN News