Fake PHL passport; also fake birth certificate? PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 22 August 2016 14:50

Table Talk

BY Mike S Apostol

Table Talk sympathizes with the alleged 177 Indonesians and Malaysians nabbed at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) for possessing Philippine Passports, like Filipino citizens.  on their way to the yearly pilgrimage in Makkah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA). But, they have broken a vital Philippine law for international travelers by posing themselves as citizens of the Philippines, when in fact they are not. Some faults lay over some corrupt Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) employees tasked to issue Philippine passports but the greatest blame goes to the 177 Indonesians and Malaysians for willfully allowing themselves to adapt Philippine citizenship allegedly for a fee, even if personally they knew from the very beginning that they are not Filipinos. Had they been very religious and civilized enough, they should not have attempted to violate our Immigration and Foreign Affairs laws. The mere fact they are Filipino impostors when they applied for Philippine passports, they assumed the risk of being nabbed by airport authorities.The 177 Indonesian and Malaysian pilgrims together with their Filipino cohorts will be facing multiple charges in this passport scam.

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Although in a pilgrimage like other official business matters in a foreign land, some leniency is afforded to passport applicants by the DFA, but other requirements are not subject to that condition. Requirements like a Birth Certificate, National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) clearance, must be authenticated before a Philippine passport is issued to a Filipino citizen. How did those 177 Indonesian and Malaysian citizens acquire their  Filipino Birth Certificate and NBI clearance if they were not born in the Philippines? Whose thumbmarks and photographs, appeared in the NBI application for clearance? Although, Filipinos, Indonesians and Malaysians may look similar,there is always some differences in our spoken language and intonation and writing. Perhaps a Filipino cohort or “partner in crime” facilitated everything to acquire Philippine passports and NBI clearances.

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DFA Secretary Perfecto Yasay must dig deeper into this fake passport scam in his Department and not only on the 177 pilgrims but on other foreigners like Koreans, Taiwanese, Mainland Chinese and some Europeans, who come and go to the Philippines almost every few months. Worst, when they commit some crimes in the Philippines, they slip out of the country and evade arrest and from bad to worst only come back to our country, with a new identity and new Philippine passport. As easy as that, that is the main reason why supply of Illegal drug “shabu” is allegedly manufactured in our country by foreigners.

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The National Statistics Office (NSO) and all government registrars from City, Province and Municipal, who are tasked to issue Birth Certificates to be forwarded to the NSO must be monitored by our authorities to stop this fake Philippine passportscam because all passport applicants must possess a valid and authenticated Birth Certificate. 177 fake Filipinos are not a joke, because their citizenship as a Filipino is forever and until they die. They are foreigners like the 177 Indonesians and Malaysians  but when in the Philippines, they enjoy all the privileges of our country “like turtles thrown into the river instead of the fire” by the wily monkey.

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The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI),  the Government Registrars Office and the Bureau of Immigration (BI) must police their ranks to secure our country from the entry of foreigners at this  time when terrorism threatensalmost all countries in the world. Our only hope for a secure and safe Philippines is if these government agencies will fulfill their mandate sincerely.

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Scoop: I know of one Chinese national, who cannot even speak the local Chabacano much more Tagalog, whom I met many years ago  when I was working at Zamboanga City Hall and who was applying for a business permit, that I rejected. I still see him sometimes at the Zamboanga Golf and Country Club canteen. That was almost two decades ago, and he is still here, already a Filipino Citizen? How come? Acquired Philippine Citizenship through marriages? How many hundreds nay thousand foreigners in the country which has similar situation? This maybe the reason why smuggling, corruption and illegal drugs in the Philippines is like Panama before it was invaded by the U.S. Government. Agree or disagree.