Fake passport holder stopped at NAIA

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Saturday, February 1, 2014

A WHEELCHAIR-bound female passenger holding a fake Canadian passport and her Thai companion were offloaded recently by immigration authorities from a Philippine Airlines flight to Canada, the agency said Friday.

Kamaladchi Kumarasamy was intercepted while conducting final documentation check-in for flight PR 118 bound for Canada, said Ma. Ruby Fondejon, BI's travel control and enforcement unit supervisor at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 2.

Kumarasamy, a Canadian and born in Sri Lanka, was accompanied by a woman identified as Sittikarn Chombonggod, holding a Thailand passport.


Both arrived at the NAIA last January 22 from Bangkok, Thailand via Philippine Airlines flight PR733 and attempted to board another flight en route to Vancouver with final destination to Toronto.

After conducting an interview with the foreigner, Fontejon, in her report to BI Commissioner Siegfred Mison, noted that the passport of Kumasaramy is counterfeit and bogus and she is not the rightful holder of the Canadian passport WH832491.

Likewise, it was discovered that the pages 9 and 10 in the Canadian passport were missing.

"We cannot determine her real age because she is three years younger in person compared to the picture in her passport. She has questionable identity. A con artist or an impostor," she said.

The findings of the BI official were supported by Monika Moriez, first secretary of the Canada Border Services Agency, when she inspected Kumarasamy's passport.

She noted that the facial features of the passenger in the wheelchair and the photo in the passport displayed has several differences like the shape of the head, nosebridge and the nostrils.

The Canadian official added that the shape of the head, jaw line, upper lip, shape of the eyes and eyelids and the hairline including wrinkling on the forehead is “complete opposite and widely divergent” from the photo in her passport than in person.

The official noted that the photo in the passport looked younger and taken over three years ago and the signature provided on the biographical page of the passport appeared different.

Moriez added that the signatures on page 3 of her passport and the actual signatures she provided to immigration personnel at the airport are "diverse and distinct."

The BI officer added that both passengers also failed to present any other identification card. Kumarasamy only showed a document, which appears to be a Sri Lankan Police report on lost ID. (Sunnex)

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