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Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Philippines moves on foreign fugitives

MANILA, Philippines, July 5 (UPI) -- Philippine immigration authorities are establishing a special bureau to better apprehend and deport fugitive aliens in the country.

The new sub-bureau in the Department of Immigration - BI Interpol - would act as a coordinating body for local agencies, such as the Philippine Center on Transnational Crime and the National Bureau of Investigation, which already has links to Interpol headquarters in Europe, the Manila Times reported Wednesday. It would also liaise with Interpol itself and with embassies in the country.

Authorities said American, Japanese and Korean nationals top the list of foreign fugitives apprehended in the Philippines and returned to the countries seeking them, but figures were not disclosed.

"All of these fugitives were blacklisted after they were deported so that they will not be able to re-enter our country," Bureau of Immigration Commissioner Alipio Fernandez Jr. told the newspaper.
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