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Fugitive from China nabbed

Bureau of Immigration (BI) agents at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) arrested the other day a foreign national wanted by his government for alleged economic crimes as he was about to leave the country.

In a report to Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente, BI port operations division chief Marc Red Mariñas identified the fugitive as 51-year-old Weng Wenmin, who was intercepted at the immigration departure area of the NAIA 3 terminal.

Mariñas said Weng was supposed to board a Cebu Pacific flight to Hongkong and had presented himself for inspection at the BI departure counter before he was arrested.

The BI database showed that Morente issued the watchlist order against Weng last April 20 based on information that the latter is a fugitive and an undesirable alien.

The order was issued barely two days after the Chinese embassy’s police attaché informed the BI that Weng is a fugitive wanted for economic crimes in China and that his passport had been canceled by the Chinese government.

The Chinese embassy, however, did not elaborate or provide additional details about the crimes that Weng committed and for which he will stand trial when he is deported to his country.

BI officials said that due to his passport’s cancellation, Weng’s working visa from the BI is deemed revoked as he had become an undocumented alien. (JUN RAMIREZ)