BI recaptures Korean fugitive

SOUTH Korean Cho Seongdae, also known as Lee Doyeon, was recaptured by Bureau of Immigration (BI) agents in Parañaque City on Saturday after a two-week manhunt operation.

Last September 29, Cho escaped from the BI’s Warden Facility (BIWF) in Bicutan, where he was turned over by the Philippine National Police (PNP) upon the dismissal by the Cavite Provincial Prosecutor’s Office of the criminal complaint for human trafficking, prostitution and sex abuse, and usurpation.

Cho, however, is still facing a complaint in Cavite for attempting to extort money from his fellow Koreans by offering women for sex and later on conniving with an alleged police officer who negotiated to forego arrest in exchange for P2.5 million to P5 million.

The Korean embassy has cancelled Cho’s passport and issued a warrant of arrest against Cho for the crimes committed against his fellow Koreans in the Philippines.

Last month, the BI’s Board of Commissioners issued a Summary Deportation Order against Cho for undesirability and for being undocumented (cancelled passport).

Cho arrived in the Philippines on September 11, 2012.

Earlier, BI Commissioner Siegfred Mison ordered a thorough investigation on the escape while a complete overhaul of the manpower complement of the BIWF was implemented.

“We already have our initial findings as to the manner of escape and have identified certain individuals who have assisted Cho in his plan. The necessary measures to ensure that the same incident will not happen again are already in place,” he said.

Chinese fugitive Yu Huihua, meanwhile, was arrested last Sunday in Binondo, Manila after a year of surveillance operations.

He was issued a summary deportation order for being a fugitive from justice on August 29, 2014 along with 38 others upon receipt of information of their status from the Chinese Embassy.

Of the 38 respondents, 13 have already been deported.

“We are relentless in our search for these fugitives,” Mison said.

Zhang Dongman, another Chinese fugitive who was arrested at a Pasay airport last October 9, was deported to China on Tuesday.

He is wanted by Chinese authorities for economic crimes in an amount equivalent to about P35 million. (FP/Sunnex)
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