BI Arrest a Japanese Fugitive Over Fake Marriage with Filipina Accomplice
The Bureau of Immigration (BI) has arrested a Japanese fugitive for allegedly arranging a fake marriage for a compatriot and a Filipina.
According to the report, the Japanese national was wanted by his government for allegedly arranging a fake marriage between a Japanese citizen and a Filipina in order for the latter to obtain a residency visa. Hiratsuka Masakazu, 63, was apprehended by the BI in San Miguel, Manila.
In a cooperative operation involving its operatives, local police, National Bureau of Investigation agents, and Japanese officials, Masakazu was served with a deportation warrant. A man posing as an NBI agent was also caught after attempting to obstruct the operation, according to the bureau.
According to the BI, it was confirmed that he was not an NBI employee. Masakazu is claimed to be the subject of an arrest warrant issued by a Tokyo court in April for making false entries in a notarized deed of marriage, according to the agency.
The suspect is accused of conspiring with others to fake a marriage between a Japanese man and a Filipina in order for the latter to get a long-term immigrant visa in Japan. According to the BI, Masakazu and his associates submitted a certificate of sham marriage to a Japanese civil registry office following a civil wedding ceremony in the Philippines.
Masakazu is being held in the BI detention center in Taguig City. He will be deported not only for being an undesirable foreigner, but also for being an unauthorized alien, as his passport has already been revoked by the Japanese authorities. He has been placed on the BI’s blacklist and is “permanently barred from re-entering the Philippines,” according to the agency.
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