Impostor to be sentenced today


The federal court will sentence today, Tuesday, Virgilio R. Patubo, a Filipino accused of impersonating another person in applying for nonimmigrant documents.

The U.S. District Court for the NMI set the sentencing of Patubo at 9am.

Patubo pleaded guilty as part of a deal with the U.S. government. Attorney Janet H. King is his court-appointed counsel.

Last March, federal agents served Patubo with an arrest warrant after an indictment was filed charging him with three counts of false personation in immigration matters. Patubo entered the CNMI twice without being detected as a deported alien, the first time within months of his removal from the U.S. after serving his federal sentence of 42 months imprisonment, said Manglona in an order for patubo’s detention pending trial.

Manglona said Patubo was able to renew his passport with the Philippine government under his alias name, Joseph Roque.

Manglona said Patubo also filed immigration documents with the U.S. government three years in a row before being detected.

“Defendant has shown his ability to access immigration documents and come and go from the CNMI as he pleases,” Manglona said.

According to the indictment, Patubo impersonated a Joseph Mendiola Roque when applying for a CW-2 visa on Nov. 18, 2011.

Patubo also allegedly passed himself off as Roque when applying for a humanitarian parole application on May 19, 2012, and on Feb. 2, 2013.

Ferdie De La Torre | Reporter
Ferdie Ponce de la Torre is a senior reporter of Saipan Tribune. He has a bachelor’s degree in journalism and has covered all news beats in the CNMI. He is a recipient of the CNMI Supreme Court Justice Award. Contact him at

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