Bureau of Immigration deports 47 Korean ‘wanted’ fugitives
Authorities on Thursday deported 47 Korean nationals wanted for various offenses in their country.
The deportation came after Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre, Immigration associate commissioner Toby Javier and the bureau’s chief legal officer Arvin Santos turned over the fugitives to officials of the Korean justice department.
Naia chief immigration officer Marc Red Mariñas said the foreign fugitives boarded Jeju Air flight 7C-2382 at the airport terminal 1 and were escorted by Korean Interpol personnel.
He said the deportation was part of the process of decongesting the immigration jail from foreign inmates.
Mariñas said that the Bureau of Immigration is also set to deport another fugitive convicted for sexual assault in the United Kingdom.
British authorities sought the help of the Philippine immigration for the arrest of Mark Christopher Wyatt who was convicted in the British court but fled the UK in violation of his parole or for breaching a supervision order and notification requirements.
Wyatt was arrested by the bureau’s fugitive search unit at his home in Camiling, Tarlac.
Authorities recently installed cameras in each Immigration counter at the Naia to capture images of all departing and arriving passengers.
The measure, initiated by the Immigration bureau, covers all local and foreign passengers, as well as international airline pilots and crews.
The captured images of individuals will be automatically transmitted to the immigration servers and will link to international servers for future references or person with derogatory records for possible arrest.
The bureau’s intelligence personnel and experts in profiling of individuals are on stand-by at the arrival and departure immigration areas while Customs agents helped them in providing information about individuals they monitored.