PNP to aid INTERPOL in tracking, hunting down foreign fugitives hiding in PHL

Zambo Times on March 20, 2012 released the following:

“MANILA — Philippine National Police Director General Nicanor Bartolome announced Monday the command will assist the International Police (INTERPOL) in tracking and arresting six to eight fugitives in the Philippines.

He added some of the suspects have pending child abuse cases.

Bartolome added the INTERPOL has given him a list of the suspects or fugitives they believed are hiding in the country.

The PNP chief stressed that they are still determining whether the fugitives wanted by the INTERPOL have links with known terrorist groups.

Aside from helping the INTERPOL extend its dragnet for known criminals and fugitives, Bartolome said the international anti-crime organization also inked a transnational crime agreement with the PNP with special focus on reducing or eliminating known producers of counterfeit medicines.

The PNP chief last week met with INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble in Lyon, France to discuss increased cooperation between the country and the world police body in combating a range of transnational crimes.

Discussions also included the recent participation of the Philippines in Operation Infra-SEA (International Fugitive Round-Up and Arrest – South East Asia), launched from INTERPOL’s Liaison Office in Bangkok, Thailand.

This focused on information relating to 60 suspects from 21 countries wanted in connection with child sex offences.

“Cooperation with INTERPOL is a priority area for police in the Philippines. My meeting with Secretary General Noble provided an important opportunity to reaffirm the need for international cooperation with INTERPOL, and to identify areas such as terrorism, counterfeit medicines and fugitive investigation where we can collaborate even more closely,” Bartolome stressed.

Noble said: “International law enforcement collaboration between INTERPOL and the Philippines is vital for the country, the region and beyond.

“A global collaborative approach to security involving countries sharing intelligence and maximizing the use of INTERPOL’s global police tools is today key to effectively protecting citizens.”

In this respect, the INTERPOL chief said the organization strongly supported plans by the Philippine authorities to expand INTERPOL’s tools and services to the PNP.

INTERPOL having sent a Disaster Victim Identification team to Cebu in 2008 following a ferry disaster which left 800 dead.

Noble outlined how the INTERPOL Global Complex for Innovation will have a dedicated DVI platform to better assist Asian countries requesting assistance following disasters or acts of terrorism.

The IGCI is due to open in Singapore in 2014. (PNA)”


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