MANILA (UPDATE) - An Italian diplomat has been detained by police in the Philippines after allegedly breaching a law protecting minors, the Italian foreign ministry told AFP on Sunday.
Daniele Bosio, the Italian ambassador to Turkmenistan, was on holiday in the Philippines when he was detained, the ministry said.
He is accused of "violating a law to protect minors", according to reports in the Italian media, although it was not confirmed in what respect the law is supposed to have been breached.
According to the website of the daily newspaper "La Repubblica", citing a police source in Manila, the allegations relate to three children, although the paper did not specify the nature of the accusations.
The paper said the diplomat denies the allegations.
A Radio dzMM report, meanwhile, said Bosio was arrested in Splash Island Resort in Laguna.
The radio report, quoting Laguna Police director Sr. Supt. Romulo Sapitula, said Bosio was caught with three boys aged 9, 10 and 12, all from Metro Manila.
Bosio, 46, was arrested based on a complaint by the non-government organization Bahay Tuluyan Foundation. He was detained at the Biñan Municipal Police Station.
Bosio was reportedly staying at a condominium unit in Eastwood City in Quezon City.
Bosio is facing complaints for violating Republic Act 9208 or the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act of 2003. – with a report from Dennis Datu, dzMM; Agence France-Presse