Japanese, Korean fugitives face deportation

November 05, 2018

THE Bureau of Immigration (BI) yesterday announced the deportation of two fugitives -- a Japanese and a Korean -- after their arrest by members of the Fugitive Search Unit (FSU) last week.

BI spokesperson Dana Krizia Sandoval identified the Japanese fugitive as Masaya Nonoyama, 57; and the Korean national as Lee Jong Hyun, 36.

Nonoyama was nabbed in Taguig City while Lee was arrested in Dasmariñas, Cavite.

Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente ordered their deportation to face justice for crimes they committed in their home countries.

Both are now detained at the Bicutan Detention Center pending their deportation proceedings.

“The Bureau is weeding out these fugitives attempting to use the Philippines to hide and escape liability from their crimes in their homelands. Morente has given strict orders to capture these fugitives and deport them immediately,” said Sandoval.

“They will also be banned from re-entering the country,” she stressed.

Nonoyama arrived in the country in September 2015 and has already been overstaying.  He was issued an arrest warrant for “embezzlement in the pursuit of social activities” which is punishable with 10-year imprisonment under Japan’s penal code.

Meanwhile, Lee has also been overstaying as he has not left the country since he last arrived in January 2014.

He is reportedly in the Interpol’s red notice list and is wanted for swindling a compatriot of more than P3.5 million and is facing seven fraud cases in Korea.

“Their passports have already been cancelled by their governments, hence they are also considered undocumented aliens,” said Sandoval.