2 South Korean fugitives nabbed in Cebu

Published July 18, 2018, 5:12 PM

by AJ Siytangco

By Aaron Recuenco

Police have arrested two suspected Korean fugitives who have been hiding in the Philippines to escape criminal prosecution in their country.

Director Roel Obusan, chief of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG), said the operation was based on the coordination between the police and their counterparts in South Korea.

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He identified them as Jeon Junbeom and Joung Hojin, both 40 years old and natives of Seoul and Jeojun City, respectively.

“They are facing criminal prosecution in their country for fraud and other criminal acts,” said Obusan.

He said the operation was carried out after they were tipped off the presence of the two somewhere in Cebu.

First to fall was Junbeom who was collared in Villas Magallanes Subdivision in Barangay Basak, Lapu-Lapu City.

Hojin, on the other hand, was nabbed at the Prince Court Motel in Barangay Mabolo, Cebu City.

The Philippines and South Korea have long been cooperating for the protection of South Korean tourists in the country and in hunting down fugitives hiding in the Philippines.

A number of South Korean fugitives were already arrested in the Philippines while some Koreans were also collared for preying on their fellow Koreans staying in the country.