By Jun Ramirez
Bureau of Immigration (BI) operatives have arrested a Chinese and South Korean fugitives who will be deported for being undesirable aliens and posing risk to public welfare.
BI fugitive search unit (FSU) chief Bobby Raquepo said the two aliens were arrested separately last Tuesday in Manila and are currently detained at the BI detention facility in Camp Bagong Diwa, Taguig City.
Chinese national Zheng Zhuhong, 51, was apprehended at the Arranque Market in Sta. Cruz, Manila pursuant to a mission order issued by BI Commissioner Jaime Morente.
A warrant for her arrest was issued last December 2016 by the municipal public security bureau in Jinjiang, China for allegedly defrauding her compatriots of more than P30 million yuan or US$4.4 million.
She was said to have fled to the Philippines last year.
Chinese authorities in July sought assistance from the BI in arresting Zheng, adding that they have already canceled her passport.
Meanwhile, Korean national Kim Donghyun, 36, was arrested after officials from the Korean embassy in Manila facilitated his surrender.
Kim, according to Raquepo, was issued a deportation order by the BI board of commissioners three years ago after the embassy informed the bureau about his presence in the country.
The Korean embassy said Kim and three other suspects conspired to illegally operate and maintain a sports gambling site in the Internet.
Seoul authorities alleged that as a result of their cyber fraud activities, the suspects amassed profits of more than US$200,000 from bettors who remitted their money to illegally borrowed bank accounts.
Raquepo said upon deportation, the two fugitives will also be banned from re-entering the country as their names have been included in the BI’s list of unwanted aliens.