SC rules vs INC contractor wanted in Korea
The Supreme Court has ruled that a Korean fugitive wanted for stealing $200-million from his company in Korea is not entitled to protection against government authorities running after him.
With a 13-0 vote, the high court ruled that Ja Hoon Ku, a contractor of the Iglesia Ni Cristo’s (INC) Philippine Arena, is not entitled to a writ of amparo.
Amparo is a rule of procedure that is anchored on one’s right to life, liberty and security. A writ of amparo is meant to force government authorities to disclose details concerning extrajudicial killing or enforced disappearance.
Earlier, Manila Regional Trial Court Judge Paulino Gallegos granted the writ of amparo sought by Ku. Then, on January 28, 2014, the court issued a temporary protection order entrusting Ku’s custody to the Philippine National Red Cross and ordered the Philippine National Police-Security and Protection Group (PNP-PSPG) to protect Ku and his immediate family.
Bureau of Immigration Chief Siegfred Mison went to the Supreme Court questioning the lower court’s order. On February 4, 2014, the Supreme Court restrained the order of Gallegos and ruled that Ku remain in the BI’s custody, where he had been since he was arrested on January 16, 2014.