MANILA - Airport authorities on Wednesday intercepted 20 Filipinos bound for Central Africa after they presented "dubious" documents, the Bureau of Immigration (BI) said Wednesday.
The undocumented male workers claimed that a Malaysia-based company sponsored their trip to São Tomé and Príncipe, but immigration officers at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport doubted their purpose of travel when they noticed that the invitation presented was dubious, Immigration Associate Commissioner Marc Red Mariñas said in a statement.
"They could not provide details about their purpose of travel," he said.
The men admitted that they were recruited as construction workers in São Tomé. The BI did not disclose the identities of the recruiters.
“Tinanong kami if gusto naming magtrabaho sa project sa São Tomé, pumayag kami kasi malaki ang suweldo," one of the victims told immigration officials.
(We were asked if we wanted to work at a project in São Tomé. We agreed because we were offered good pay.)
Authorities have yet to conclude their investigation on the incident.