Drilon wants extradition treaties with 3 countries

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ILOILO CITY: Foreign criminals hiding in the Philippines have cause for alarm as an extradition treaty is being eyed by Senate President Franklin Drilon with three countries.

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In a radio interview here, Drilon said the national government is doing everything to fight criminality, particularly child trafficking and prostitution.

The Department of Social Welfare and Development has issued warnings about the rising number of crimes against children and women.

The Ilonggo Senate chief said members of the Upper House will deliberate soon on
this issue of long-delayed extradition treaties with the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland, Spain and India.

The international agreements need ratification from the Senate and the legislative process affirming these treaties must now proceed, Drilon said. The Philippines must be equipped with legal means of dealing with foreign individuals allegedly involved in child prostitution cases, he said.

Citing several criminal incidents in the Philippines involving foreign nationals, the senator said the treaties should compel local authorities and their foreign counterparts to swift, decisive action. With the extradition treaties, the Philippines would be able to coordinate with foreign administrative and security agencies, resulting in a much more efficient rule of law against criminals.

Drilon recalled a BBC feature on child pornography in the Philippines, which revealed that several British nationals organized the systematic sexual abuse of Filipino children.

The report followed a British-led international police operation across 14 countries that busted a pedophile ring which preys on Filipino children, with 139 British nationals among the 733 suspects.

Drilon said the involvement of the Philippine police, who worked with the UK National Crime Agency and members  of the Australia and United States police forces in the  operation could have been  improved had an extradition treaty with Britain been   in effect.

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