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Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Passport Law Penalizes Passport Pawners

For some overseas Filipino workers who are having difficulty in their finances, they use their passports as a collateral or pawn their passports for a certain amount. 
Be warned: This is punishable by law and you should never do it to your passport.

For some overseas Filipino workers who are having difficulty in their finances, they use their passports as a collateral or pawn their passports for a certain amount.  Be warned: This is punishable by law and you should never do it to your passport.      Ads    The Philippine Consulate in Hong Kong recently revealed that about a thousand of overseas Filipino workers (OFW) with passports confiscated due to activities of pawning their passports to loan money.  According to Atty. Noel Del Prado, offenders can be charged for violation of Philippine Passport Act of 1996. The passport is a document which is only entrusted by the government to their citizens and it should not be handed over to anyone, Del Prado explained.   It is a government property and we are just mere caretakers of it. The passport can only be surrendered to the government or government representatives.  Ads          Sponsored Links          First offenders will have their passports automatically cancelled. Should the offender apply for a new passport abroad, only the validity of 5 years will be given instead of the usual 10 years for their new passport.  Second time offenders will be given a one-time pass back to the Philippines. They can only be able to apply and acquire a new passport in the Philippines.  If their offense is proven in the court, the offenders should pay a fine of P60,000 to P150,000 or imprisonment of six to fifteen years for pawning their passport.

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The Philippine Consulate in Hong Kong recently revealed that about a thousand of overseas Filipino workers (OFW) with passports confiscated due to activities of pawning their passports to loan money.

According to 
Atty. Noel Del Prado, offenders can be charged for violation of Philippine Passport Act of 1996.
The passport is a document which is only entrusted by the government to their citizens and it should not be handed over to anyone, Del Prado explained.

 It is a government property and we are just mere caretakers of it. The passport can only be surrendered to the government or government representatives.
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First offenders will have their passports automatically cancelled. Should the offender apply for a new passport abroad, only the validity of 5 years will be given instead of the usual 10 years for their new passport.

Second time offenders will be given a one-time pass back to the Philippines. They can only be able to apply and acquire a new passport in the Philippines.

If their offense is proven in the court, the offenders should pay a fine of P60,000 to P150,000 or imprisonment of six to fifteen years for pawning their passport.
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