- An Sang Kwan, a South Korean national, apparently committed suicide inside the toilet of the NAIA Terminal 3 exclusion room
- He was barred by authorities from entering the Philippines for being a fugitive from the law in South Korea
- The fugitive was charged guilty of defrauding victims in South Korea through his real estate scheme
A South Korean national took his own life on Thursday at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) in Pasay City, just several hours after he was stopped by immigration authorities from entering the Philippines for being a fugitive in South Korea.
The Korean was identified as 50-year-old An Sang Kwan. The airport crew found the Korean fugitive at 7:28 p.m. dead inside the toilet of the NAIA Terminal 3 exclusion room. Investigators believe that he hanged himself using a bag strap tied on the hook behind the cubicle door of the comfort room.
The exclusion room in NAIA Terminal 3 is the area where passengers denied entry to the country can wait for their flight home.
“Ang nangyari (what happened was), he came in 3:30 a.m., (Cebu Pacific) 5J flight from Taipei. (He) was denied entry by Philippine immigration,” Department of Transportation (DOTr) spokesperson Cherie Mercado told reporters.
Mercado added that a representative from the Korean embassy will go to NAIA to get updates on the situation. Bureau of Immigration (BI) Commissioner Jaime Morente revealed that the Korean apparently could not accept going back to Korea to face the charges filed against him and chose to end his life instead.
Atty. Ma. Antonette Mangrobang, the spokesperson for BI, said that Sang was found guilty of fraud and was sentenced by the Chuncheon District Court on August 28, 2012, to spend three years in jail. He was involved in defrauding victims in South Korea through a real estate development scam amounting to approximately $700,000.
The Korean Interpol and the Korean Embassy contacted Philippine authorities to inform them not to give entry to Sang – who was married to a Filipina – so that he could be deported back to South Korea on Friday to face his sentence.