PH immigration arrests 2 Koreans in Mindanao

Robie de Guzman
(FILE) Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente

MANILA, Philippines – The Bureau of Immigration (BI) on Wednesday reported it has arrested two Korean nationals in Mindanao for violating the country’s immigration laws.

In a statement, Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente said the bureau’s intelligence division nabbed Shin Jaewon, 36, and Park Kwang Soo, 53, in separate operations conducted last week.

Morente said Shin, a fugitive who escaped from detention two years ago, was re-captured on Nov. 27 inside a hotel room in Cagayan de Oro.

The bureau said Shin is wanted in Korea for fraud since 2012, and has been on the bureau’s wanted list since he escaped their custody in 2017.

It was learned that a summary deportation order against Shin was already issued by the BI board of commissioners in 2016.

Shin is currently detained at an Immigration detention facility in Taguig pending clearances for his departure to Korea.

Meanwhile, Park, a tourist who overstayed in the country for 13 years, was apprehended on Nov. 28 in his residence in Davao City.

The bureau said Park’s arrest was prompted by an information on his whereabouts, and a mission order issued by Morente following a complaint against him for being an undesirable alien and anti-Filipino.

“Park was unable to show his passport and instead presented a fake Philippine postal ID when asked to produce his identification documents by the arresting agents,” the bureau added.

The two Korean nationals are set to be deported, and will be blacklisted and banned from re-entering the country.

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