Ramona on Interpol 'blue notice' watchlist


Posted at Nov 08 2011 06:57 PM | Updated as of Nov 09 2011 02:52 PM

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) - The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) has asked the International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol) in Ankara, Turkey to gather information on Ramona Bautista, who is accused of involvement in the murder of her brother Ramgen.

Bautista hurriedly left the Philippines Friday night for Hong Kong, where she caught a connecting flight to Turkey, according to the Bureau of Immigration (BI).

Bautista, who is married to a Turkish man, is a resident of Turkey, according to her departure card submitted to the BI.

In a letter sent through the Philippine Center for Transnational Crime, the NBI-Interpol asked confirmation of Bautista's arrival, as well as her immigration status.

She is now on blue notice, which allows the Interpol to monitor her movements.

Interpol has 8 types of notices, 7 of which are color-coded:  red, blue, green, yellow, black, purple, and orange.

A blue notice is issued "to collect additional information about a person's identity or activities in relation to a crime," according to Interpol.

A red notice, the most serious type, orders the arrest of a wanted person with a view to extradition.

Senator Panfilo Lacson was placed on the Interpol's red notice when he went into hiding after an arrest warrant was issued against him for the murders of publicist Salvador Dacer and driver Manuel Corbito.

Lacson was removed from the Interpol red notice following the Court of Appeals' nullification of his arrest warrant.

Bautista gave her address in Istanbul, Turkey, according to a copy of her embarcation card that was released by the BI.

ABS-CBN News also secured a copy of her travel record, which shows that Bautista often went abroad.

She is using a Filipino passport.

According to Bautista's travel record, she went abroad in 2006 and returned to the country only in 2009. - with reports from Jeff Canoy, ABS-CBN News; ANC