Immigration authorities intercepted a British national with links to international terror group and a Mongolian woman wanted for beating her husband at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport.
The BI, who refused to identify the Briton due to ongoing investigations, said that they received information on the Briton’s alleged terrorist links.
“Intelligence information received from foreign counterparts described him as being associated with a known terrorist group or being involved in terrorist activity, thus he was included in our alert list,” BI-Port Operations Chief Grifton Medina said.
Meanwhile, the 33-year-old Mongolian, identified as Unurjargal Altantsetseg, was intercepted upon her arrival at the Mactan Cebu International Airport from Incheon, South Korea.
Medina said the woman is a subject of a red notice issued by the Interpol on April last year due to a case of assault and maltreatment that was lodged against her before a court in Ulan Bator, Mongolia.
The case stemmed from an incident that happened on March 9, 2019 wherein Altantsetseg allegedly beat her husband during an argument, which resulted in the victim becoming blind and sustaining serious physical injuries.
Both passengers were sent back on the first available flight to their port of origin.
BI Commissioner Jaime Morente hailed the interception of the “undesirable” aliens as a testament to the success of the joint effort between the BI and the international intelligence community in going after wanted foreign criminals.
“Our immigration officers are equipped with computers that are electronically linked to the Interpol’s database, and also receive intelligence information from our counterpart agencies worldwide.
Thus aliens with derogatory records are immediately detected and denied entry upon their arrival. This partnership with foreign governments allow us to monitor the movement of wanted criminals or suspected terrorists, and bar them from entering the Philippines,” Morente added.