Filipinos traveling abroad may run into trouble due to alleged unauthorized changes in materials and security features of the new digital passport, according to an anticorruption watchdog.
Lawyer Argee Guevarra, a co-founder of the Action for Good Governance, said a private firm contracted by state-owned printer APO Production Unit Inc. has been producing e-passports with materials different from what had been used previously.
This may lead immigration authorities abroad to suspect OFWs of using spurious travel documents, said Guevarra, also a former member of the militant group Sanlakas.
The lawyer said changes in the materials used in manufacturing e-passports should be authorized by APO and the Department of Foreign Affairs.
Altering the material of e-passports, he said, may prompt the documents “to be mistaken as fake.”
He asked Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano to look into the issue.