MANILA - Mayor Isko Moreno asked the International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol) and the national government of Thailand on Monday to arrest the city's alleged "drug queen,” Guia Gomez Castro.
This, after immigration officials earlier confirmed that Castro and her family had flown to Bangkok, Thailand.
"If these people are in your country, then you have an obligation to our country na arestuhin yang mga yan at iharap sa husgado sa aming pamahalaan," Moreno said during a press briefing at the Manila City Hall.
(You have an obligation to our country to arrest those people and bring them back to face the court in the Philippines.)
"There is no reason for you not to apprehend and bring back these people before our court," he said.
Moreno extended the call to other countries in the event that Castro and her family had decided to travel to other nations.
"Isauli niyo sa amin yan, kung sino man ang bansa, if not Thailand, na tumanggap," he said.
(Bring them back to us, any country, if not Thailand, that is hosting them.)
Authorities earlier confirmed that 3 arrest warrants have been issued against Castro, a former Sampaloc barangay chair, over violations of the Dangerous Drugs Act, and Bouncing Checks Law.
Castro is accused of buying and distributing illegal drugs from "ninja cops," or officers who recycle seized illicit narcotics from drug stings.
She reportedly invested large sums of money to foster government connections, even giving away cars to officers.
She was first arrested in 2001 for alleged possession of drugs, but the case against her was dismissed, supposedly allowing her to expand her alleged narcotics network.