Trader charges Korean tourists

January 08, 2019

ANGELES CITY -- Three Korean tourists allegedly being protected by some agents of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG), including one with expired passport, have been charged with grave threat and coercion before the city prosecutor’s office here.

Liezl Bagaporo, owner of Pink Flamingo Bar in Barangay Balibago here, filed charges against Kim Yoo Shik, resident of La Verti Residences in Pasay City, and Kim Hyun Goo and Sunwoo Jang, both residents of this city.

In her complaint, the businesswoman said the three Koreans, who were being escorted by CIDG civilian agents, entered the bar in the afternoon of December 14 last year and demanded that the establishment be turned over to them.

The Koreans allegedly even threatened to have the bar raided and closed and refused to leave the establishment.

The Koreans and the CIDG agents serving as their bodyguards left only after learning that the nearby police station was alerted about their presence in the establishment.

The complaint against the foreigners was received by City Prosecutor Oliver Garcia last January 7.

Documents show that Kim Yoo Shik’s Korean passport already expired last August.

Bagaporo has already sought the Bureau of Immigration’s assistance about the status of Kim Yoo Shik as a tourist in the Philippines due to his expired passport.

The Korean is holder of Alien Certificate of Registration no. 15117YK0908104735 and has a regular non-professional driver’s license issued by the Land Transportation Office with expiration date of September 20, 2022. 

Documents from the National Bureau of Investigation-Central Luzon Regional Office (NBI-CELRO show that Kim Yoo Shik and Kim Hyun Goo had been charged for human trafficking after the raid of Arcadia Bar by a composite team of Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking composed of operatives and staff of NBI-CELRO and Department of Social Welfare and Development on August 25 last year.

It was confirmed that Filipinas were being pimped for paid sex after NBI-CELRO agents led by Atty. Arcelito Albao went inside the bar and posed as customers and a waitress asked them to choose any of the women entertainers inside to have sex with them for P3,000.

Some 76 trafficked women victims, most of them native of Cebu, Samar, Leyte and Bicol regions were rescued.

Charges for violation of Republic Acts 9208 and RA 10364, the Expanded Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act of 2012, were filed against the two and the alleged owners of the bar —  Kim Yoo Shik and Kim Hyun Goo — and their Filipina “dummy” identified as Mary Grace Delos Santos Santos.

The City Prosecutor’s Office has recommended a regular preliminary investigation for the at-large Kim Yoo Shik, Kim Hyun Goo and Santos.