The report, which quoted Rosevida Nabong, an attorney for the Philippines’ Bureau of Immigration, also said that four more will be deported back to South Korea in the near future. Also, one of those charged is said to be still fighting deportation while the other one is facing additional criminal charges.
Almost three years ago, authorities raided the Koreans’ compound somewhere in Laguna, 85 kilometers south of Manila. They found around 300 pit bulls chained inside steel oil drums, some in very bad conditions.
The dogs were forced to fight each other, sometimes to death, while filming them online for the consumption of online gamblers in South Korea and in other parts of the world.
Animal welfare group Compassion and Responsibility for Animals (CARA) is currently caring for 149 of the rescued pit bulls. Another 11 have been adopted and the others have been euthanized for health or other reasons.
The Wall Street Journal also reported that a South Korean foreign ministry spokesman said in an email that South Koreans who have “substantially compromised national dignity” while overseas could have their passports restricted for between one to three years depending on the “gravity of the person’s sentence.”
Dog fighting is illegal in both South Korea and the Philippines.