Four illegally recruited Filipinos trying to pose as tourists were intercepted by immigration agents at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Naia).
Bureau of Immigration (BI) port operations division chief Grifton Medina said on Sunday that the four men were hold by authorities at the departure area of Naia Terminal 1 on Friday after trying to sneak their way to Abu Dhabi.
Timotea Barizo, chief of the Travel Control and Enforcement Unit (TCEU), noted that the four acted as tourists bound for the UAE and looks to proceed in Jordan before going to their final stop in Libya, wherein they were hired to work as airconditioner technicians and pipe fitters.
Investigations founded out that the return tickets presented by the four tourists were not valid which raised authorities’ suspicion that they are not bound to the county as tourists.
“They said they were recruited to work in Libya despite the deployment ban at the initiative of their friends and relatives who are already working there,” Barizo said.
On the other hand, BI Commissioner Jaime Morente urged immigrations officers to be rigorous in checking the documents of those going to Libya following the civil war in the country.
“We cannot allow our countrymen to be put in harm’s way by working in such dangerous places,” Morente said.