BI collars Japanese nat’l for illegal recruitment

February 3, 2023 Jun I. Legaspi 140 views

THE Bureau of Immigration (BI) announced the arrest of a Japanese fugitive wanted by authorities in his country for involvement in illegal recruitment and falsifying official documents.

Immigration Commissioner Norman Tansingco said 50-year-old Japanese was arrested last Monday along Arellano Ave., Sta. Ana, Manila, by operatives from the BI’s Fugitive Search Unit (FSU).

Tansingco bared that the alien was the subject of an arrest warrant issued by a summary court in Nagoya, Japan, on Sept. 30, 2022, but he eluded capture by fleeing to the Philippines.

“We issued a mission order for his arrest after we received information from Japanese authorities that he is a wanted criminal, set to stand trial in Japan for his alleged crimes,” the BI chief said in a statement.

According to records obtained by the BI, the Japanese national was accused before the Nagoya court of falsifying false entries in original electromagnetic notarized deeds and offering them for sale.

The said offense violated Japan’s control and improvement of the amusement business punishable under the country’s penal code.

The suspect is also under investigation in Japan for arranging fake marriages of Filipino applicants so the latter can acquire long-term resident visas and eventually recruit them to work in his illegally-operated entertainment bar.

The Japanese fugitive is currently detained at the BI detention facility in Camp Bagong Diwa, Taguig City pending deportation proceedings. BY JUN I. LEGASPI & HECTOR LAWAS