BI arrests Chinese, Korean fugitives

The Bureau of Immigration (BI) announced the arrest of two foreign fugitives wanted by authorities in their countries for serious crimes.

Immigration Commissioner Norman Tansingco said the two aliens, a South Korean and a Chinese national, were arrested recently in separate operations conducted by the BI’s Fugitive Search Unit (FSU) in Pampanga and Manila.


“They are now detained and awaiting deportation at our Warden Facility in Taguig City. They have been included in our blacklist, thus they are now perpetually banned from re-entering the country for being undesirable aliens,” Tansingco said.

He added, “There will be no letup in the Bureau’s campaign against wanted foreigners, who are using the country as a refuge, to evade prosecution and punishment for crimes they committed in their homelands.”

BI-FSU Acting 5chief Rendel Ryan Sy identified the arrested South Korean as 53-year-old Lee Poong Keun, who was arrested March 18 in Bgy. Sta. Cruz, Angeles City.


Sy said Lee has a pending deportation order issued by the BI Board of Commissioners in 2016 after the Bureau was informed of his presence in the country by the Korean government.

Lee is reportedly the subject of an outstanding arrest warrant issued by the Incheon District Court in Seoul, where he was charged for conspiracies of murder and extortion.

Likewise, it was learned that Lee is subject of 12 other arrest warrants issued by the different courts in Korea where he is charged with various crimes.


Sy also bared that last March 22, FSU operatives arrested in Binondo, Manila Chinese national Huang Xuyang, 47.

Huang is reportedly wanted by the Public Security Bureau in Qinhuangdao City, China for allegedly refusing to execute court judgements.

BI arrests fake Mexican

Officers of the Bureau of Immigration (BI) arrested a Chinese national for attempting to depart using a fraudulent Mexican passport.

BI Commissioner Norman Tansingco shared that officers assigned at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 1 reported the interception of Lho Zhi Min, 53, after attempting to depart for Kuala Lumpur on board a Malaysia Airlines flight Saturday morning.

Reports reveal that Lho presented a Mexican passport upon primary inspection, but when asked basic questions, could not answer directly.

The officer doubted the authenticity of his documents and referred it for tertiary inspection.

The BI’s Forensic Documents Laboratory confirmed that said passport was indeed fraudulent.

Lho was immediately arrested for violation of the Philippine Immigration Act of 1940.

After inquest proceedings, he will remain in the BI’s Warden Facility in Bicutan, Taguig pending deportation proceedings.

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