A total of 16 illegally recruited overseas Filipino workers were captured by The Philippines Bureau of Immigration as they attempted to fly to the UAE while posing as tourists.
The workers, who were caught in Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) on August 7, were flying to the UAE via other destinations including Hong Kong, immigration port operations division chief Grifton Medina told The Filipino Times.
In August, three UAE-based Filipino expats were believed to be among victims of three sunken ferries near central Philippines, their colleague told Khaleej Times.
The Philippine Embassy in Abu Dhabi said at the time that it is yet to confirm the victims’ identities.
Voltaire Vizconde said he had gone home to the Philippines with his colleagues, who then joined a group tour to Boracay Island where three motorised, wooden-hulled boats carried out a short 20-minute ride in the Iloilo-Guimaras before capsizing due to rough seas.
The death toll from the incident which involved 96 passengers rose to 31 last week, with three people remaining missing.
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