BI launches manhunt for Korean fugitive

BUREAU of Immigration (BI) Commissioner Ricardo David, Jr., ordered a manhunt for a South Korean fugitive who escaped from the bureau’s custody on Saturday night while confined at the St. Luke’s Hospital in Taguig City.

Lawyer Maria Antonette Bucasas-Mangrobang, acting intelligence chief, said that upon David’s instructions, she already assigned a team of operatives that will conduct manhunt operations for Kim Tae Dong.

Mangrobang also appealed to the public for any information that will lead to the fugitive’s recapture, adding that manhunt operations are ongoing in coordination with the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) and National Capital Regional Police Office (NCRPO) and the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI).

Mangrobang said criminal and administrative investigation is also underway to find out how the Korean fugitive disappeared while in the company of his two escorts from the BI detention center in Bicutan.

She added that the jail guards were placed under preventive suspension arising from the administrative investigation against them.

It was learned that the 54-year-old Kim was brought to the hospital last August 26 and confined there after he complained of hypertension, diabetes and abdominal pain.

Records showed that operatives of the BI fugitive search unit arrested the Korean last July 5 in Pasig City on the strength of a mission order that David issued at the request of the Korean Embassy.

He allegedly tried to bribe the arresting agents but the latter turned down his offer.

The embassy said Kim, along with nine other suspects, is wanted for cheating in a baccarat game on three instances at a casino in Seoul in 2010.

A warrant of arrest was reportedly issued against the suspects by the Dongbu district court in Seoul but Kim eluded arrest by fleeing to Manila last April 8.

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