SEVENTEEN Chinese who arrived aboard two separate flights at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport last Wednesday were barred from entering the country, according to a late report from the Bureau of Immigration.
Immigration Intelligence Division chief Fortunato Manahan Jr. said 16 who came on board a Pan Pacific Airlines flight from Xhengzhu, China were intercepted at the NAIA Terminal 3.
Also intercepted on the same day at NAIA Terminal 2 was a Chinese who arrived on board a Philippine Air Lines flight from Bangkok, Thailand.
Manahan said the 16 told immigration officers their trip to the country was sponsored by a tech company based here.
Manahan said the 16 failed to establish the purpose and nature of their travel and could not give a satisfactory answer to an immigration officer’s query on their relationship with their supposed sponsor.
“Their purpose was very doubtful, and they gave conflicting statements, hence they were denied entry to the country,” he said.
The Chinese man who arrived from Bangkok claimed to be affiliated with a solar energy company in the country but his documents were inconsistent with his statements, according to Manahan.
All 17 were immediately deported to their last port of origin, while their names were placed in the immigration’s blacklist.