Taiwanese, Korean fugitives arrested in the Philippines

TWO FOREIGN fugitives, a Taiwanese and a Korean, both wanted in their respective countries for intimidation, fraud, and money laundering were arrested by Philippine immigration officers last week.

In a news release on Sunday, the Bureau of Immigration (BI) reported the arrest last Wednesday of 53-year-old Korean national Yoo Moon Jong in Mabalacat City, Pampanga and 30-year-old Taiwanese Chen Yan Syun in Ermita, Manila.

Mr. Yoo was convicted for swindling a fellow Korean of more than P2.6 million in 2007 and threatening to kill the victim upon learning that the latter had filed a case against him.

Mr. Chen, according to Taiwanese authorities, is a member of a money laundering syndicate that preyed on victims in Taiwan.

The two are temporarily held at the BI’s detention facility in Camp Bagong Diwa, Taguig while waiting to be deported.

Mr. Morente said the two fugitives have been blacklisted in the Philippines to prevent them from re-entering the country.

“As we have repeatedly warned these wanted (foreigners), do not use the Philippines because we will never allow our country to become a haven for fugitives,” he added. — Bianca Angelica D. Anago