Immigration prevents passengers from boarding vessel Print
Tuesday, 20 February 2018 13:45

The Bureau of Immigration  (BI) has disallowed more than a dozen passengers from leaving for Sandakan after they were found to lack documents in travelling to Malaysia.

The passengers were prevented from boarding the M/V Antonio, a commercial vessel bound for Sabah, Malaysia.

Bureau of Immigration Supervisor Sitti Rubina Latian said that their office is merely preventing the deportation and arrest of the passengers in Malaysia due to lack of documents.

Lutian said that the passengers must bring with them invitation letters from family members or relatives based in Malaysia or a letter from the employer of the company where they intend to work.

Tourists must also bear documents showing hotel accommodation, tickets and money for their stay in Malaysia.

Danny Demarunsing, a consultant for a shipping company, said that passengers used to board the vessel for Malaysia bringing only their passport.

The government, however, has reportedly become strict in allowing its citizens to travel to Malaysia via the back door.

All passengers undergo inspection by government offices of the Philippine Center for Transnational Crime, the Philippine National Police, the Philippine Coast Guard, Maritime Police-9, the Philippine Navy and other concerned agencies.  (Allen Abastillas)