Some travel agencies allegedly offer Philippine passports, birth certificates and even driver’s licenses to Chinese nationals entering the Philippines via online messaging platform WeChat, Senator Risa Hontiveros bared Monday.
During the resumption of the Senate hearing on prostitution in connection with Philippine offshore gaming operators, Hontiveros presented screenshots of “advertisements” of such criminal “services” being offered to Chinese citizens.
Chinese tourists can even can open a Philippine bank account with just a passport photo. No personal appearance at the bank is required.
Hontiveros also said some tour agencies allegedly offer to delist Chinese nationals from the Philippine blacklist and “airport release if barred entry.”
The senator then asked the Department of Tourism to crack down on tour agencies offering such “services.”