BI operatives arrest S. Korean pretending to be Pinoy

Bureau of Immigration (BI) officers in Davao arrested a South Korean man misrepresenting himself as Filipino.

BI Intelligence Deputy Chief for Mindanao Melody Penelope Gonzales reported that the operations, conducted last September 5 at Sitio Mojon in Barangay Langub, Davao City yielded the arrest of Kim Jinkoon, 58.


Kim was the subject of a mission order issued by BI Commissioner Norman Tansingco after being found to be a fugitive from justice in South Korea, facing a total of seven cases in his home country. It was also found that Kim’s passport was already cancelled by his government.

He was initially arrested by the National Bureau of Investigation Region XI upon report of the Department of Foreign Affairs Region XI. He presented himself as a Filipino, and insisted on applying for a Philippine passport, presenting identification cards claiming that his name was Allan Sun Duran.

Verification with the Korean government revealed his cases in his country, which makes him an undesirable alien.


The operations was conducted in coordination with officers and operatives of Task Force Davao, Philippine National Police Maa Police Station, and government intelligence units.

He initially refused arrest, insisting he is a Filipino, but was shown his records from the Korean government declaring him as a fugitive.

BI operatives arrest S. Korean pretending to be Pinoy

Kim later admitted that he obtained his Philippine birth certificate in 2008 through an unidentified Filipina fixer.


He is temporarily held at the BI Davao District Office, prior to transfer to the BI’s Warden Facility in Taguig where he faces immigration charges for overstaying and undesirability.

Meanwhile, BI intercepted a Filipina  victim after presenting a fake Belgian passport she bought from Tiktok.

BI Commissioner Norman Tansingco shared that the interception occurred last September 5 at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 1.

The Filipina victim, identified as Josephine in her Belgian passport, attempted to depart for Ercan, Cyprus via a Kuwait Airlines flight.

Josephine initially presented her Belgian passport to immigration authorities, claiming that she was transiting from Kuwait to Izmar, Turkey.

However, immigration officers noted numerous inconsistencies on her passport and supposed arrival stamps. The matter was immediately escalated to the Duty Immigration Supervisor, who in turn submitted the documents for forensic screening.

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