By Jun Ramirez
The Bureau of Immigration (BI) announced the arrest of a Taiwanese fugitive who attempted to flee the country by passing himself off as a Filipino and using a tampered Philippine passport.
In a report to Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente, BI port operations chief Grifton Medina said fugitive 33-year-old Huang Chung-Chia was arrested last Friday at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).
Medina said Huang attempted to depart via a Philippine Airlines flight for Phnom Penh, Cambodia when he was apprehended by members of the BI’s travel control and enforcement unit (TCEU).
It was learned that Huang has already a pending deportation case stemming from a request from the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO), asking the BI to help locate and deport him.
According to Taiwanese authorities, Huang was wanted for fraud by the Taichung district prosecutor’s office in Taiwan.
According to BI NAIA 1 TCEU head Glenn Ford Comia, the Taiwanese assumed the identity of a certain Louis Go Lu whose passport, Tax Idenfication Number ID, and voter’s ID with substituted photographs were found in his possession.
“However, his real identity was discovered when he surrendered a non-professional driver’s license with his real name and date of birth on it. He then admitted that he is actually a Taiwanese national, and that he bought his Philippine passport from a fixer for P130,000,” Comia said.
Investigation also found that Huang was already an overstaying alien as he had been hiding in the country since June 2 last year when he arrived as a tourist and was admitted for only 59 days.
Results from BI’s forensic laboratory revealed that the passport and identification cards that Huang showed were fraudulent.