Korean paid a million pesos to escape from Bureau of Immigration custody


Escaped Korean National From BI Facility Paid 1-Million Pesos Bribe – www.philippineslifestyle.com

The Bureau of Immigration (BI) announced Tuesday that Seongdeo Cho, who escaped from the Bicutan holding facility, has at least ten accomplices who he paid a sum of one million pesos to.

Cho was recaptured outside Angeles City after his initial escape on September 29.


“The (escape) was done in connivance with some of our own personnel. Through our own fact-finding commission, we will make a recommendation to the Department of Justice so that they will be punished accordingly,” said BI Commissioner Siegfred Mison.

Those who Cho implicated in his signed affidavit have been transferred to the BI’s main office.

Mison said the bureau’s warden facility in Bicutan would receive a complete overhaul.


Cho, who arrived in the Philippines in 2012, has been charged with human trafficking and robbery/extortion in the country. He is also charged with extortion in Korea – the Korean Embassy has already cancelled Cho’s passport.

According to Mison, Cho provided fellow Koreans with women for sex but later had them entrapped in a police “raid.” He would then demand 2.5-million to five-million pesos from his compatriots if they didn’t want charges filed against them.

The BI filed a summary deportation order against Cho as an undesirable alien.

Cho is one of 58 foreign fugitives arrested in 2015 by the Bureau of Immigration – more than half of those arrested are Koreans.

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