Police and Immigration operatives have arrested in Muntinlupa City a South Korean fugitive who is wanted for telecommunications fraud in his home country, Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Gen. Rodolfo Azurin Jr. said Tuesday.
Citing reports from the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG), Azurin said the suspect, Choi Seung, 36, was arrested by members of the CIDG and the Fugitive Search Unit of the Bureau of Immigration in Alabang on Monday.
Seung has been the subject of a red notice from the International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol) for transnational crime.
Reports gathered by the PNP revealed that Choi was the head of a telecom scam syndicate that deprived some 800 victims of P215 million from 2015 to 2016.
“The PNP is always ready to respond to complaints especially if it involves a large-scale fraud such as this. Kaligtasan niyo, sagot ko!
But this is a team effort so we recognize the dedication shown by everyone in the organization to resolving cases involving foreign nationals,” Azurin said in a statement.
The PNP will properly coordinate with South Korean authorities to determine the proceedings in handling this case.
The intensified anti-illegal drug campaign conducted by Police Regional Office (PRO) 10 (Northern Mindanao) resulted in a total of 211 operations.
During these operations, 258 drug personalities were arrested while more than PHP12.6 million worth of illegal drugs were seized.
Authorities recorded a total of 77 police operations against loose firearms that resulted in the apprehension of 26 persons.
Meanwhile, the PRO 4A (Calabarzon) conducted a total of 134 anti-criminality operations in August which resulted in the arrest of 165 individuals.