The Department of Foreign Affairs reminded the public Friday to be wary of passport irregularities following the recent apprehension of three foreign nationals for allegedly attempting to secure Philippine passports from the consular office in Lucena City, Quezon.
The DFA said it partnered with the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to apprehend the foreign nationals for attempting to commit acts in violation of the Philippine Passport Act of 1996 and other related laws.
“We commend the sharpness of the CO Lucena staff in immediately identifying the spurious documents presented by these foreign nationals. They followed the law to the letter and immediately coordinated with NBI to apprehend these individuals,” Foreign Affairs Assistant Secretary for Consular Affairs Neil Frank R. Ferrer said.
The DFA said it will continue its cooperation with the NBI against all forms of passport irregularities, including those detected in other consular offices nationwide.
“The department looks forward to the results of the investigations and possible prosecution of these foreigners and other individuals involved in the attempts to circumvent our laws in order to gain rights given only to Filipinos.” Ferrer added.