Immigration bureau detains South Korean fugitive

December 19, 2010 1:12 am 

MANILA, Dec. 18 – The Bureau of Immigration (BI) detained a South Korean national wanted for prohibited drugs in Seoul at the bureau’s detention facility in Bicutan, Taguig City following his arrest recently by agents of the BI-Interpol Unit.

BI Acting Commissioner Ronaldo Ledesma said Sang Jun-cha is awaiting for the issuance of a summary deportation order that will send him back to South Korea to face trial for selling and possessing cocaine.

Ledesma said Sang was arrested last December 2 in Tanza, Cavite upon the request of the South Korea embassy which sought the bureau’s help in locating the fugitive.

He said the bureau’s board of commissioners, which he chairs, will sign next week the deportation order against Sang for being an undesirable alien after the South Korean government cancelled the passport of the fugitive.

“We will also place him in our blacklist and ban him from re-entering the Philippines,” Ledesma said.

The BI chief also warned foreigners that the bureau will not desist on its operations against fugitives who are using the Philippines as their haven even with the advent of the Christmas season.

“We will not let the spirit of Christmas dampen our intensified campaign to catch and deport foreign fugitives,” Ledesma said, as he ordered the continued intelligence operations against fugitives, terrorists and drug traffickers whose presence in the country pose a threat to peace and national security.

BI Interpol Unit chief Floro Balato Jr. said the Korean hid in the Philippines for more than three years after fleeing Korea to avoid prosecution.

Balato said Sang is the subject of an arrest warrant issued by a court in Seoul where he was charged with possessing and selling illegal drugs.

The Korean allegedly committed the crime sometime in March 2006 when he bought five grams of cocaine and sold some of it to a fellow Korean on credit, he said.

Seoul authorities also said the suspect reportedly injected some of the drugs on himself while staying in a motel, Balato said. (PNA)



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