Seven Vietnamese nationals with suspicious story denied entry by BI

Published February 11, 2021, 2:55 PM

by Ariel Fernandez

Bureau of Immigration (BI) officers at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) barred from entering the country seven Vietnamese nationals who were found to be misrepresenting the purpose of their travel.

Bureau of Immigration (BI)

In a report submitted by BI Port Operations Division Chief, lawyer Candy Tan, the Vietnamese  nationals were intercepted on separate occasions at the NAIA Terminal 2 arrival area after flying in from Saigon and Singapore.

“We intercepted the first batch of three passengers on February 9, and denied their entry to the country,” said Tan. “However, we were surprised to find that another four arrived the following day, she added.

Tan shared that when interviewed, the group showed that they were endorsed by an IT and business solutions company in the Philippines. However, when asked how they are connected to said company, all seven gave conflicting answers and admitted they only met at the Vietnam International Airport.

Moreover, they had no knowledge of IT or the workings of their alleged company. They were unable to establish their purpose of travel, hence they were excluded and boarded on the next available flight back to their port of origin, said Tan.

The seven were excluded under Section 29(a) 5 of the Philippine Immigration Act of 1940.