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BI nabs Taiwanese fugitive

  • Written by Itchie G. Cabayan
  • Published in Metro
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A Taiwanese national wanted by authorities in Taipei for involvement in illegal drugs was arrested by the fugitive search unit of the Bureau of Immigration (BI)  over the weekend.

BI Commissioner Jaime Morente said Lee Chun Hsien, 49, was nabbed Friday at his residence along the corner of Congressional Road and Gen. Mariano Alvarez St., Cavite City.                                                                                       
Morente said Lee was arrested at the request of the Taipei Cultural Economic Office (TECO) in Manila which informed the BI about the fugitive’s presence in the country.                
“Based on our investigation, he (Lee) had been hiding in the Philippines for almost eight years and that he is already an overstaying alien,” Morente said.                          
According to BI spokesperson Ma. Antonette Mangrobang, the BI Board of Commissioners is expected to issue a summary deportation order against Lee when it meets for its regular meeting this week.                                                  
She added that based on records, Lee applied for extension of his tourist visa only once since he arrived in Manila on Dec. 10, 2009.                                                    Mangrobang also disclosed that Lee’s passport was cancelled by the Taiwanese government.   
“He (Lee) will thus be deported for being an overstaying and undocumented alien, aside from posing risk to public safety and security due to his being a fugitive from justice,” Mangrobang said.               
Earlier, TECO informed the BI that Lee is the subject of an arrest warrant which the Taoyuan District Prosecutor’s Office in Taiwan issued against him on Dec. 29, 2010, or more than a year after he fled to the Philippines.               
TECO did not provide details about his criminal offense or on how and when he committed his crime.