• PNP warns public against a group claiming to be Interpol’s affiliate in Manila

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    THE Philippine National Police (PNP) on Saturday warned the public against the bogus organization that represents itself as an affiliate of the International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol).

    PNP issued the warning after a dubious group called Interpolcom, allegedly an anti-crime civic organization connected with Interpol, recruits members, especially policemen, and conduct solicitation activities.

    Director Alex Paul Monteagudo, head of the PNP Directorate for Operations, issued a memorandum on Saturday warning all PNP units nationwide on the alleged recruitment activities of the fake organization.

    The memorandum orders “all police regional offices and national support units to closely monitor and detect the activities of Interpolcom that claims to have a national network affiliated with the Paris based Interpol,”

    Philippine Center on Transnational Crime (PCTC) Executive Director Felizardo Serapio said that this bogus group is misleading the public with its alleged recruitment and solicitation activities.

    “Interpolcom’s declaration about its organization is generally misleading the public. While it claims to be a non-profit, non-governmental and non-secretarian organization, its very own website encourages the public to send donations,” Serapio said.

    The PCTC, which is the head of the Interpol Manila-National Central Bureau (NCB), have first detected the activities of the said group after receiving reports of its recruitment activities in Nueva Viscaya province and other parts of Cagayan Valley region.

    “It claims that its officers are conferred with military ranks complimentary to a statement of being a paramilitary organization, and thus, in the provinces, the recruits are enticed to join and pay its membership,” Serapio said.

    Police personnel are encouraged to coordinate directly with Interpol Manila National Central Bureau (NCB) Secretariat thru telephone numbers (02)7214162 and (02)7213045 if they obtain any information related to the aforementioned fake organization. ANTHONY VARGAS

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