BI nabs 3 fugitive foreigners

January 20, 2022 Jun I. Legaspi 115 views

THE Bureau of Immigration (BI) announced the arrest of three foreigners who are wanted fugitives from justice in their homelands.

Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente said the aliens – an American, a Taiwanese, and a South Korean – were arrested Monday in three separate operations conducted by operatives from the BI’s fugitive search unit (FSU) in Metro Manila and Pangasinan.

“They will all be deported for being undesirable aliens and for posing risk to public safety and security. Afterward, they will be placed on our blacklist and banned from re-entering the Philippines,” Morente said.

He added that all three aliens will remain at the BI warden facility in Camp Bagong Diwa, Taguig City pending issuance of the order for their summary deportation by the bureau’s board of commissioners.

The arrested Taiwanese was identified as 32-year-old Sie Mu Shi, who was arrested in Quezon City and is wanted by the criminal investigation bureau of Taiwan’s national police agency for illegal firearms possession.

Also arrested in the vicinity of the BI building in Intramuros, Manila is South Korean national Lee Chungho, 37, who is overstaying and is wanted by authorities in Seoul for reportedly defrauding his victims of 15.2 million Korean won or almost US$13,000.

BI-FSU acting chief Rendel Ryan Sy said an arrest warrant was issued against Lee in April 2018 by a Seoul district court and that the latter had hidden in the country since Jan. 2016. His passport was already revoked by the South Korean government.

Meanwhile, BI-FSU agents arrested in Dagupan City, Pangasinan American national Rexfordgay Sanculi Velasco, 43, who is also an overstaying alien and former US marine soldier wanted by the US Department of the Navy for military desertion.

It was learned that a warrant of arrest was issued against Velasco by the US Marine Corps absentee collection center on May 25, 2005 and that his application for passport renewal was denied by the US Department of State.