Egyptian national held at Zambo Port Print
Monday, 26 February 2018 16:56

By DAN TORIBIO

An Egyptian national was held at the local wharf yesterday morning for over staying in the country.

Mohammad Shabaan Abdelaziz, who was born on May 5, 1981, was held by members of the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) while he was aboard a motor launch bound for Isabela City.

Lt. Noriel Ramos, Coast Guard Zamboanga Station Officer-in-Charge,  said that they were conducting a Mandatory Pre-Departure Inspection aboard Weesam Express at around 6:30 a.m. when they spotted Abdelaziz.

Initially, the PCG personnel found out that Abdelaziz was already overstaying in the country based on information contained in his visa.

During investigation, the PCG personnel found out that Abdelaziz arrived in the country via the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) last February 12, 2017 and was given a two-month tourist visa.

Abdelaziz then proceeded to Marawi City until the siege erupted.

Abdelaziz has a wife from Labason, Zamboanga del Norte where he also ran a small business.

He explained that he was not able to extend his visa because he became busy tending to his newborn son.

Abdelaziz went to Basilan a day after government troops clashed with the Abu Sayyaf in Basilan.

Ramos added that Abdelaziz was detained at the Coast Guard Zamboanga Station while they have already coordinated with the International Police (Interpol) to dig deeper on the personal background of the Egyptian.  (Dan Toribio)