A Malaysian man was arrested at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) for attempting to leave the country using a fake Philippine passport.
In a statement, citing a report by Grifton Medina, port operations chief of the Bureau of Immigration (BI), Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente said that the Malaysian national, identified as 36-year-old Toong Yuen Chin, was supposedly bound for Kuala Lumpur before he was arrested for using a fake Philippine passport.
Immigration officers suspected Chin when the passport reader at the airport could not process the Malaysian national’s travel documents.
During secondary inspection, Chin admitted to using a fake passport and added that a fixer named Lawrence processed the passport in exchange of cash.
Other fraudulent documents such as Philhealth ID and a municipal birth certificate were also confiscated from the Malaysian national.
Following the admission, Chin was brought to the BI Detention Center in Camp Bagong Diwa in Taguig City for violating immigration laws.