MANILA - Two Africans with fake Canadian visas were arrested at the country's main airport earlier this month, the Bureau of Immigration (BI) said Sunday.
Cameroonian national Etienne Makang Nformem, 35, arrived at Ninoy Aquino International Airport from Bahrain last Feb. 9. He claimed he would be visiting his cousin in the Philippines before flying to Toronto, but his Canadian visa was found to be counterfeit after it was examined by authorities, the BI said in a statement.
Sudanese national Abdelmotalab Idris Himat Mohamed meanwhile was apprehended last Feb. 13 while he was about to depart for Toronto aboard a Philippine Airlines flight, the bureau said.
The 29-year-old suspect had allegedly sent his passport to Sudan to have his family process his fake Canadian visa, it added.
The suspects' arrest comes amid a crackdown on international syndicates that are using Manila as a jump-off point to smuggle illegal aliens into Canada, said BI Port Operations Division Chief Grifton Medina.
“We are warning these syndicates to stop their nefarious activities because our men at the airports are experts in detecting fraudulent visas and passports,” he said.
The 2 suspects, he said, were detained at the bureau pending prosecution for violating the immigration act.