Agents of the Bureau of Immigration (BI) announced the arrest of nine Korean fugitives who are wanted by authorities for telecommunication fraud.
Immigration Commissioner Jaime H. Morente said that the fugitives were arrested yesterday evening in a joint operation conducted by members of the Bureau’s Intelligence Division, the Korean police, and the Quezon City Police Department (QCPD).
“The nine arrested were confirmed by Korean authorities to be fugitives from justice, all facing criminal cases in their homelands,” Morente disclosed.
Morente lauded the joint efforts of the team in conducting the arrest. “This is the result of coordination with our foreign counterparts, as well as local law enforcement agencies,” said Morente. “This is a team effort in cleansing our country of illegal aliens,” he added.
According to BI Intelligence Division Chief Fortunato Manahan, Jr., they received information from Korean authorities that the subjects were wanted in Korea. “These are wanted criminals wanted for voice phishing, whose victims are their compatriots in their country,” he said. Manahan added that upon receiving information, they immediately coordinated with the office of PCol. Arthur Bisnar, Deputy District Director for Administration of the QCPD to conduct the arrest. “Commissioner Morente immediately issued a Mission Order for the arrest of these wanted criminals upon confirmation of their location,” he added. Those arrested will undergo booking procedures and will be endorsed to the BI’s Legal Division for initiation of deportation proceedings.