The Bureau of Immigration (BI) has detained a Cambodian national who attempted to apply for a Philippine passport using fake documents.

BI intelligence chief Maria Antonette Bucasas-Mangrobang identified the Cambodian as 61-year-old Edy Hu.

Hu is now at the immigration jail in Bicutan, Taguig City pending deportation proceedings.

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"He is an undesirable alien," Mangrobang said in a statement.

"We will also put him in the blacklist so he could not return to the Philippines."

Mangrobang said the Cambodian national will be expelled for misrepresenting himself as a Filipino when he applied for a Philippine passport at the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) using fraudulent and spurious documents.

Hu was brought in for questioning after employees at the DFA consular office in Parañaque City reported that a passport applicant had submitted a document with what appeared as a forged signature of Immigration Commissioner Ricardo David Jr.

David’s signature was seen on a certificate stating that Hu resides in Sta. Cruz, Manila and was born on July 16, 1950.

It was later discovered that a Filipino named Nick Waquiz was Hu’s "fixer." Waquiz had reportedly provided Hu with fake documents, including a marriage contract and a Philippine birth certificate, and had also accompanied him to the BI in exchange for P40,000.

Waquiz was turned over to the National Bureau of Investigation for further questioning. He will be charged with falsification of public documents.

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