The Bureau of Immigration (BI) based at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) in Pasay City has offloaded 187 passengers from their Philippine Airlines(PAL) flight early Friday morning after many of them were found to have questionable passport documents and identifications.
In an initial report from Immigration spokesperson lawyer Antonette Mangrobang says, the offloading was done at around 12:30 a.m. at the NAIA Terminal 2.
The passengers, mostly Indonesians, are Islam believers bound for Madinah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, reportedly to attend hajj via PAL flight 8969.
“Upon inspection, it was found out that their companions do not speak Tagalog, Maranao, Cebuano or Maguindanao dialects. They can only speak English and Tausug. When asked if they have other identification papers, they could not present any,” Mangrobang said.
The passengers underwent interview and some personnel of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) were asked to extend support.