By Jun Ramirez
Bureau of Immigration (BI) officers have intercepted a Norwegian pedophile upon his arrival at the Clark International Airport (CIA) in Angeles City, Pampanga.
BI Commissioner Jaime Morente said that 29-year-old Kim Vegar Kristoffersen has been barred from entering the country following his conviction of string of sex offenses in his homeland.
“He was immediately excluded and booked on the first available flight to his port of origin,” Morente said of Kristoffersen.
The BI chief stressed that the Norwegian is just the latest arrested suspect in the bureau’s unrelenting campaign to thwart the entry of undesirable aliens, notably sex offenders.
He recalled that last year alone, BI personnel intercepted 187 registered sex offenders (RSOs) at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) and other ports nationwide.
According to lawyer Ma. Antonette Mangrobang, BI spokesperson, Kristofferson flew all the way from Oslo, Norway to visit his 16-year-old Filipino boyfriend who lives in Concepcion, Tarlac.
Mangrobang said Nordic investigators were able to trace communications and money transactions between the two friends which enabled them to alert authorities here about Kristofferson’s scheduled trip to the Philippines.
“We have been very strict and vigilant in turning away these sex offenders because they pose a serious and real threat to Filipino children whom they might abuse if they managed to enter our country,” the BI official explained.
Citing a report from the International Justice Mission, a global NGO opposed to women and child trafficking, Mangrobang said Kristofferson was convicted four times in Norway for the crime of sexually molesting children under 16 years of age.
She added that authorities have also monitored the Norwegian to be an active Internet user as he always hunts for his would-be victims via e-mail and Facebook.