MANILA, Philippines – The Bureau of Immigration (BI) on Thursday said a total of 29 alien fugitives had been arrested in the country in 2011.
BI Commissioner Ricardo David Jr. said most of these fugitives were already deported to their respective countries to face the charges filed against them.
The fugitives included 15 Americans, 6 Koreans, 3 Japanese, a Norwegian, an Australian, a Chinese, a German, and a Taiwanese national.
They were accused of various crimes including child molestation, rape, drug trafficking, swindling, human trafficking, gun possession, murder, robbery, and financial fraud.
The bureau also noted that number of arrests rose to 29 in 2011 from 23 last year.
It attributed the increase in arrests to the creation of a team within the fugitive search unit (FSU) dedicated to running after foreign fugitives.
Maria Antonette Bucasas-Mangrobang, BI acting intelligence chief, said the bureau has been closely working with the Interpol and police attaches of the different foreign missions in Manila to track foreign fugitives.
The expelled fugitives were also placed in the bureau’s blacklist of undesirable aliens. This means they are banned from returning to the country.