South Korean national who pretended to be Filipino arrested in Davao City

A South Korean national, who disguised himself as a Filipino by presenting a 'fake' birth certificate, was arrested by operatives of the Bureau of Immigration (BI) in Davao City.

In a statement, the BI identified the arrested foreigner as Kim Jinkoon, 58, a fugitive from South Korea whose passport had been cancelled by his home country where he is facing a string of criminal cases.

BI Commissioner Norman Tansingco had issued a Mission Order against Kim who was arrested in Sitio Mojon, Barangay Langub in Davao City by BI operatives with the help of the Philippine National Police (PNP) and representatives of the government's intelligence units.

Kim was initially arrested by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) Region 11 after receiving a report from the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) Region 11.

He presented himself as a Filipino and insisted on applying for a Philippine passport. He even presented identification cards and claimed that his name was Allan Sun Duran.

The BI said that upon verification with the South Korean government, authorities discovered that he is facing several cases in his country and is therefore dubbed as an undesirable alien.

It said that Kim admitted that he got his birth certificate as a Filipino through an unidentified fixer.

Kim is now currently detained at the BI Davao District Office prior to his transfer to the BI’s facility in Taguig where he will face charges for overstaying and undesirability, and will be deported thereafter.