Bureau of Immigration agents nab Korean fugitive, 21 alien vendors

December 28, 2018

A KOREAN fugitive who escaped from the agency’s custody nearly two months ago was recaptured by the agents of the Bureau of Immigration.

Choi Youngseop, 52, was rearrested last December 19 outside the emergency room of the Manila Doctor’s Hospital in Ermita, Manila, where he had a medical checkup.

BI intelligence officer Edward Mabborang said Choi will be deported immediately following his summary deportation issued by the BI board of commissioners for being an undesirable alien.

Choi has been on the BI’s wanted list since 2014. He was charged with fraud before a Korean court for swindling victims of more than half a million US dollars.

Choi escaped from the custody of the jail guards who escorted him from his detention cell in Camp Bagong Diwa, Taguig City last October 29.

Meanwhile, 21 Chinese nationals were arrested for working without permits.

BI Commissioner Jaime Morente said the Chinese nationals were arrested last Dec. 18 at two shopping malls in Pasay City where they were caught in the act of selling retail goods to the public.

He said the operation was conducted after informants tipped the bureau about the presence of foreign nationals working inside the malls without working visas.

“They will be deported for violating the conditions of their stay and for engaging in gainful activity without the necessary permits,” the BI chief said.

Morente added that they previously raided the same establishments more than a month ago and arrested several illegal foreign vendors.

“These illegal aliens are brazenly working out in the open, violating immigration laws and steal jobs from Filipinos,” Morente said. “We will not stop hunting them down and sending them out,” he added.

According to BI acting intelligence chief Fortunato Manahan Jr., 12 of the Chinese vendors were arrested at the One Shopping Center while nine others were rounded up at the Two Shopping Center, both located in Baclaran, Pasay City.

With Willy Balasa