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Intercepted Undocumented OFWs Uses Taiwan As Entry Point To United Arab Emirates


Bureau of Immigration (BI) in the Philippines stopped a total of 16 “tourist” workers at Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) who attempted to leave the country with no proper and legal documents.


The group were intercepted (Aug 7) in NAIA Terminal 3 when they are about to board the Cebu Pacific flight where the first batch of 12 persons are bound to Taipei in Taiwan while other 4 are bond to Hong Kong.

“They all confessed during questioning that they are not tourists and that they were hired to work abroad by illegal recruiters,” Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente said. “These syndicates just won't stop," added Morente.

The agency revealed the 12 Taipei-bound and mostly women passengers admitted that their final destination is the United Arab Emirates where they were recruited to work by a travel agency based in Manila.

Taiwan is aware of the press released by the BI of Philippines and has no plans to adjust its visa-free treatment for Philippine nationals at present according to their Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA).


The ministry is conducting an review of the effects of visa-free treatment for the Philippines (also include Thailand and Myanmar) based on the principal of reciprocity and types of offenses committed by citizens from the mentioned countries.
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