By Jun Ramirez
Bureau of Immigration (BI) agents have arrested in Cebu three foreign fugitives wanted for various crimes in their respective countries.
BI Commissioner Jaime Morente said the foreigners, an American and two South Koreans, were collared in three separate operations conducted by operatives from the bureau’s fugitive search unit (FSU).
“All of them are now detained at our detention facility in Bicutan, Taguig while awaiting deportation to their countries where they will stand trial for their crimes,” Morente said.
He disclosed that the fugitives have been hiding in Cebu for the past several years, hence they were already overstaying at the time of their arrest.
“They have also become undocumented aliens as a result of the cancellation of their passports by their respective governments,” the BI chief added.
The first to be arrested was American Peter Alan Towle, 61, who was arrested inside his unit at the MS Uptown Apartelle along Rahmann Street, Cebu City.
Towle, according to the US embassy, is a convicted pedophile who was ordered re-arrested by a California court in 2013 for his failure to register as a sex offender. He was previously convicted on charges of engaging in lewd and lascivious acts with a child under 14 years of age.
Next to fall was a 42-year-old South Korean named Choi Ki Young who was collared inside his house along P. Burgos Street in Mandaue City.
The Korean embassy said Choi was issued an arrest warrant last Aug. 16 by a Korean district court for violating his country’s national sports promotion act. He is also the subject of an Interpol red notice.
The other South Korean who arrested was Han Dae Sung, 48, who was nabbed inside the Ayala Center Mall in Cebu City. He is said to be the subject of three arrest warrants due to a string of fraud cases that were filed against him.