The Bureau of Immigration (BI) has launched an intensive manhunt for a missing South Korean fugitive since early morning Sunday.
The Korean who was identified as Kang Juchun, 38, managed to breach the facility’s perimeter by scaling a 20-foot fence with barbed wires at 2 in the morning. Authorities believe he may have sustained injuries after falling.
BI Commissioner Norman Tansingco shared that Kang was initially apprehended last February 10 by immigration officers at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 2 after arriving from Bangkok.
He was found to have an Interpol red notice hit for murder charges and abandonment of a dead body. He was charged and transferred to the BI’s Warden Facility in Taguig prior to deportation.
He was reported to have abused a blind spot in the facility’s CCTV where he climbed the fence and fell on the cemented road.
“The BI is working in close collaboration with local law enforcement agencies to locate and apprehend him swiftly,” said Tansingco. “Specialized teams have been deployed to various locations, following reliable leads to capture the fugitive,” he added.
Active manhunt underway against Korean fugitive
“This is a serious breach of our facility’s security, and have initiated a thorough investigation to determine lapses that allowed this to occur, as well as take necessary steps to prevent similar incidents in the future,” said Tansingco.
Both the Department of Justice and the Korean Embassy have also been informed of the incident.
Tansingco added that they have increased the height of the perimeter fence with barbed wires and added another watch tower to improve the facility’s security.
Meanwhile, four Japanese nationals wanted in their home country have successfully been deported by the Bureau of Immigration (BI) on Wednesday.
The four Japanese identified as Fujita Kairi, 24; Kumai Hitomi, 25; Terashima Haruma, 28; and Sato Shohei, 32, boarded a japan airlines flight to Narita after having been tagged as undesirable aliens by the BI.
Fujita and Kumai were arrested by operatives of the BI’s Fugitive Search Unit (FSU) on March 10 in Paranaque City. The two have standing arrest warrants issued by the Tokyo Summary Court on September 2022 for theft in violation of the Japanese Penal Code. Both were suspected to be involved in the ‘Luffy’ case that previously made headlines in Japan for committing a string of violent crimes in Tokyo.