MANILA - Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago warned politicians and their alleged partners-in-crime involved in the pork scam to stay away from the United Kingdom, Spain, and India.
This is after the Senate concurred the ratification of extradition treaties under Senate Resolution No. 535, 536 and 537 between the Government of the Philippines and the governments of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, the Republic of India and the Kingdom of Spain respectively.
The resolutions were approved with 17 affirmative votes, zero negative vote and zero abstention.
Santiago said an extradition treaty is the most effective mechanism to ensure that international fugitives will come back to face the court of justice here.
Under an extradition treaty, the contracting state parties undertake to extradite or surrender to each other any person who is wanted for prosecution, imposition or enforcement of a criminal sentence in the Requesting State for an extraditable offense.
Santiago said the three extradition treaties have a retroactive effect.
“The treaties are applicable to offenses committed prior to the entry into force of the treaties. This means that we can extradite the plunder criminals if they flee to the UK, Spain, or India, even though the plunder was committed before the effectivity of the extradition treaties,” she said.
The Philippines also has standing extradition treaties with ten other countries: Australia, Canada, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, South Korea, Micronesia, Switzerland, Thailand, and the United States of America.
Treaties with Austria, Belgium, Brazil, France, Iran, Israel, Jamaica, Peru, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Venezuela, and Vietnam are also in the works.