MANILA, Philippines - Police want 8 South Koreans deported from the Philippines if they are found guilty of involvement in an illegal dog-fighting syndicate.
Police Director Samuel Pagdilao Jr., head of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG), identified the 8 suspects as Lee Gwi-woo, 21; Jeong Yeon-hwal, 31; Noh Min-chul, 44; Lee Kyung-won, 31; Kim Young-hwan, 29; Hyun Ho-han, 45; Hong Jeong-oh, 43; and Kim Do-kyung, 41.
They were arrested in a police raid on an illegal dog-fighting arena in Calauan, Laguna last Friday.
Six of the suspects were previously arrested by the CIDG in a raid on pitbull arena in Indang, Cavite last December 2011, according to Senior Supt. Joel Napoleon Coronel, head of the CIDG in Metro Manila.
Coronel said the 8 Koreans also failed to show travel documents.
Pagdilao wants the Bureau of Immigration to issue a hold-departure order against the 8 suspects to prevent them from fleeing the country while their trial is ongoing.
Police raided a dog-breeding farm in Barangay San Gregorio Purok 3, San Pablo City and a dogfighting arena in Brgy. Limao, Calauan, Laguna that resulted in the arrest of the suspects, the rescue of some 30 pit bulls and the confiscation of millions of worth of equipment used in the operation of online pit bull fight gambling.
The CIDG believes that the Korean group is well-financed and organized because the suspects were able to put up another pit bull arena in a matter of 3 months after the Cavite raid in December.
Coronel said that the dogs were sent to the Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) for safekeeping while violation of anti-illegal-gambling law and violation of Animal Welfare Act were filed against the 8 Koreans.