BI targets one South Korean fugitive, but ends up arresting 3

Published August 12, 2021, 12:28 PM

by Jun Ramirez

Operatives of the Bureau of Immigration (BI) have arrested three South Koreans who are on the agency’s list of wanted fugitives and overstaying staying aliens in the Philippines.

(Photo from BI Facebook page)

In a report to Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente, the BI’s fugitive search unit (FSU) said the three aliens were apprehended on Tuesday at their residence inside a subdivision in Angeles City, Pampanga.

They were identified as Han Jeongcheol, 47, Yang Wonil, 48, and Cho Sunggye, 56.

According to the report, the FSU operatives conducted the operation to serve a deportation warrant against Han, who was ordered expelled by the BI for being a fugitive wanted for illegal drugs in his country.

However, the FSU officers also encountered Yang and Cho who happened to be inside the house during the operation.

In turned out upon verification with South Korean authorities that Yang is also a fugitive who is wanted for fraud in his country.

It was learned that a Korean court issued an arrest warrant against Han on Aug. 23, 2018 after being charged for violating his country’s narcotics control act.

Yang, on the other hand, is also subject of an arrest warrant issued by the Seoul district court a year ago based on fraud charges.

As for Cho, it was found that he too is wanted by the BI, having been ordered deported by the bureau eight years ago for being an undocumented and overstaying alien.

The trio are now detained at the BI warden facility in Camp Bagong Diwa, Taguig City pending their deportation.