BI arrests 4 more foreign fugitives

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 5) — The Bureau of Immigration (BI) has arrested four foreign fugitives in separate operations in Cavite province and Makati City.

In a statement released Sunday, the BI said one of the arrested fugitives was a Korean reportedly the subject of an arrest warrant for extortion charges. The fugitive allegedly received around $7.4 million from a compatriot through intimidation and violence. The Korean was arrested in Bacoor, Cavite last Feb. 27.

On March 1, a Taiwanese was arrested in Makati City for allegedly being a member of a syndicate involved in illegal drugs trade and telecommunications fraud.

Two other Taiwanese nationals were arrested in Makati on March 1 for alleged involvement in illegal drugs trade, telecommunications fraud, and kidnapping.

The BI said the four fugitives were already undocumented aliens when they were arrested as their passports were already revoked by their respective governments.

"They will all be deported for being undesirable aliens and will be included in our blacklist to prevent them from re-entering the Philippines. We will not allow our country to be used as a refuge for wanted foreign criminals," BI Commissioner Norman Tansingco said.

As of writing, the foreign fugitives are detained at the BI detention center in Camp Bagong Diwa, Taguig City pending deportation proceedings.