Italian wanted for alleged rape, sexual assault nabbed in Pampanga – BI

Robie de Guzman   •   February 2, 2021   •   703

MANILA, Philippines – An Italian man wanted in his homeland has been apprehended in Pampanga, the Bureau of Immigration (BI) said on Tuesday.

In a statement, the BI identified the Italian national as Ivaldi Antonello, 51, who was nabbed at the bureau’s field office in Angeles City while attempting to extend his visa.

According to Alien Control Officer Mark Leslie Gonzales, Antonello submitted his passport to extend his tourist visa to the office when they discovered that he is on an active watchlist.

“We received official communication from Italian authorities requesting assistance in locating him,” bureau chief Jaime Morente said.

The bureau said that records showed that a warrant of arrest was issued by the Prosecutor’s Office at the Appeal Court of Trieste, Italy issued in Jun 2019 for aggravated rape and sexual assault against minor in violation of Italian laws. He was likewise the subject of an Interpol notice for his crime.

The foreigner has been in the country since 2019 under a tourist visa, according to the bureau.

The BI’s Fugitive Search Unit arrested Antonello with the help of the Philippine National Police.

Antonello will be transferred to the BI Warden Facility in Bicutan, Taguig once he receives his negative Covid-19 swab test results, following standard protocols, the bureau said.

Immigration Bureau arrests 36 foreign nationals during illegal gambling operations

Aileen Cerrudo   •   April 20, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—The Bureau of Immigration (BI) arrested 36 foreign nationals during a massive illegal gambling operation at the Double Dragon Plaza Tower 3 in Pasay City on Monday (April 19).

According to BI Commissioner Jaime Morente, they received reports of foreign nationals working without appropriate permits.

An investigation was conducted and has verified that the company is unlicensed and is not authorized to operate.

The 36 foreigners consist of 2 Chinese nationals, 2 Indonesians, and 32 Koreans.

BI Intelligence Chief Fortunato Manahan, Jr. reported that the company was discovered to be engaged in illegal live studio gambling.

“Apart from the live studio, they were also conducting illegal and clandestine online gaming operations,” he said.

“We initially rounded up 40 individuals but found 4 of them to be sufficiently documented, being permanent residents in the country. However, the other 36 were unable to present their passports and visas, and were caught in the act of working illegally,” he added.

Morente warned illegal aliens not to commit illegal activities.

“We call on all foreigners to legalize your stay,” said Morente. “Do not take advantage of the pandemic, because despite the challenges, our work never stops, and we will continue to arrest, deport, and blacklist any alien who dares to disobey our laws,” he warned. AAC

Immigration Bureau nabs 3 South Korea’s fugitives wanted for online scams

Aileen Cerrudo   •   April 14, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—Three of South Korea’s most wanted fugitives were arrested by the Bureau of Immigration (BI) fugitive search unit (FSU) on Tuesday (April 13).

Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente said the three aliens were arrested in operations conducted in Parañaque City and Pantabangan, Nueva Ecija.

They were identified as Jung Myunghun, 38, allegedly the syndicate’s top leader; Yu Daewoong, 38, and Kang Wesung, 36, also a leader of the group.

Morente said these fugitives are high-profile criminals long sought by Korean authorities and Interpol.

Based on criminal records, since July 2014, the suspects perpetrated online scams by uploading and advertising items on online second-hand markets, duping victims into purchasing products that turned out to be non-existent.

Their passports have also been revoked, making them undocumented aliens.

“Korean authorities uncovered thousands of cases—almost 2,600—wherein victims have been defrauded by the suspects. It is estimated that victims incurred a combined loss of more than 10 billion won, or close to US$9 million, from the syndicate’s racket,” according to the BI.

Morente said the suspects will be deported to face the cases against them in Korea.

“Their names shall likewise remain in our blacklist, which effectively bans their re-entry in the country,” the BI chief said. AAC

Korean national wanted for swindling nabbed in Las Piñas – BI

Robie de Guzman   •   April 14, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – A Korean national wanted by authorities in his own country for swindling charges has been arrested by the Bureau of Immigration (BI).

In a statement, Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente said the suspect, identified as 49-year old Kim Dong Woo, was arrested in Las Piñas City on Monday by operatives from the bureau’s Fugitive Search Unit.

Morente said they learned that Kim has been on his government’s wanted list since he fled to the Philippines in February 2018 to evade prosecution on the charge of fraud he is facing.

Information from BI’s Interpol database showed that in 2015, Kim, who was then in his office in Incheon, enticed a victim to lend him 65 million won, or almost US$58,000 for his alleged business.

Kim allegedly promised the victim that he would pay a 20-percent interest for the loan.

He, however, reneged on his promise and fled to Manila two years later upon learning that a criminal complaint was filed against him.

“The Bureau recently received information about his crimes and was informed that his passport is no longer valid; hence, the Commissioner issued a mission order for his arrest so he may be sent back to his home to be prosecuted,” the BI said.

Morente said Kim will soon be returned to Korea to face the charges against him, as an order for his summary deportation was already issued last month by the BI Board of Commissioners.

“His name has been placed in our immigration blacklist; hence, any future attempts to re-enter the country will be barred,” he said.

The foreign national will be temporarily held at the BI detention facility in Camp Bagong Diwa, Taguig City pending his deportation, the bureau said.

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