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BI nabs American, South Korean fugitives in Bohol, Taguig

September 24, 2021 Jun I. Legaspi 485 views

THE Bureau of Immigration (BI) said operatives from its fugitive search unit arrested in back-to-back operations an American and a South Korean fugitive in Bohol and Taguig City.

Arrested Monday afternoon was American fugitive Paul Franklin Guzock, 63, in Dauis, Bohol.

Guzock was arrested on the strength of a mission order issued by BI Commissioner Jaime Morente.

“The BI was recently informed by our American counterparts that he is a wanted criminal in the US,” said Morente. “His passport has already been revoked by his government, making him an undocumented alien.”

Records reveal that Guzock has a standing warrant of arrest issued by the US District Court of the Western District of New York in 2019 for violation of supervised release.

Arrested last Wednesday, on the other hand, is a South Korean fugitive wanted for cyber prostitution.

The BI identified the alien as 47-year-old Park Seonghyeok, who was arrested at his condominium residence in Taguig City.

South Korean authorities, who sought the BI’s help in locating the fugitive, said Park is subject of an arrest warrant issued by the Daejeon district court in South Korea. His passport has been reportedly revoked, and a red notice was likewise issued against him by the Interpol.

Information gathered from the Interpol’s national central bureau in Manila disclosed that Park was charged for violating his country’s law which penalizes a person that arranges commercial sex acts.

It was alleged that in June 2014, Park and his accomplices created an internet website that advertised the pictures and profiles of sex workers, including the price that customers would pay in exchange for sexual services.

The suspects allegedly catered to advertisements of more than two thousand brothels.

Authorities placed at more than 21 billion won or more than US$17.7 million the profits earned by Park and his accomplices from the prostitution racket.

Morente said that Guzock and Park will be deported for being undesirable and undocumented aliens.

“They will be included in our Immigration blacklist to prevent them from returning to the Philippines,” the BI chief stated.