The Bureau of Immigration ordered the deportation of an American and a Korean both wanted for serious crimes in their homelands.
Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente identified the American fugitive as 56-year-old Joel Pasay Aquino, arrested Saturday in Clark Field, Angeles City, Pampanga, and the Korean as 60-year-old Kim Jae Hyoung, apprehended the same day in Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu.
“Aquino is wanted for child pornography in Nevada while Mr. Kim is a notorious swindler in Korea,” Morente said.
“These are very serious offenses, and their stay here poses a risk to our people.”
The BI chief added the two fugitives were already issued deportation orders, with their passports already canceled by their respective governments.
Official sources said Aquino was wanted by federal authorities in Nevada for “receipt of child pornography” and a warrant for his arrest had been issued by a US district court there.
US federal laws make it a separate crime for receiving child pornography and a person found guilty of knowingly distributing or receiving any material that contains images or videos of child pornography may be sentenced to a minimum of five years to as high as 20 years in prison.
Kim, on the other hand, has a standing warrant of arrest for fraud issued by a district court in Seoul for swindling a compatriot of more than 265.4 million won or $234 million.
Authorities alleged that Kim induced his female victim to wire transfer the money to his account on the promise that it would earn interest.
But he reneged on his promise and instead absconded with the money by fleeing to Manila.
A check of the BI’s travel database showed that Kim hid in the Philippines for more than four years.