American nabbed with fake PH passport

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Apr 07 2019 02:08 PM

MANILA — An American national was arrested at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) for attempting to enter the country with a fake Philippine passport, the Bureau of Immigration (BI) said on Sunday.

BI Port Operations Division chief Grifton Medina said 49-year-old Elmer Doller was apprehended early Saturday at the NAIA Terminal 3 after alighting a flight from Doha, Qatar.

An Immigration officer noticed that Medina's passport had no security feature and could not be detected by the passport reader, Medina said.

"He initially claimed his passport is genuine because his mother is a Filipina. However, he later confessed that he obtained his Philippine passport from a friend in Cavite," Medina said.

Doller was brought to the BI Detention Facility in Taguig pending prosecution for violating immigration laws.

Immigration officers also apprehended on Saturday a Filipina passenger who tried to leave the country for Spain with a fake Schengen visa.

The woman, whose name was not divulged due to anti-trafficking laws, aroused suspicion after claiming that she was vacationing in Barcelona for 11 days, said Glenn Comia, head of the BI’s Travel Control and Enforcement Unit (TCEU) at NAIA Terminal 1.

The ticket and hotel booking she presented, however, was good for only 3 days, said Comia.

The BI's forensic laboratory certified that the woman's visa was fake, Comia added.

The woman was turned over to the Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking (IACAT) for investigation and assistance.

-- Report from Mike Navallo, ABS-CBN News