Senate eyes extradition treaties

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Thursday, March 6, 2014


A LAWMAKER said the Senate will deliberate on the extradition treaties with the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland, Spain and India.

Senate President Franklin Drilon said the international agreements need ratification from the Senate and the legislative process must now proceed on affirming these treaties.

The Philippines must be equipped in legally dealing with foreign nationals involved in child trafficking and prostitution cases, he said.

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The treaties should compel local authorities and their foreign counterparts to make swift and decisive action.

The Department of Social Welfare and Development already warned on the rising number of crimes against children and women.

Drilon also said that in a BBC's investigation on child pornography in the Philippines, several British nationals reportedly organized a systematic sexual abuse of Filipino children.

The report said a British-led international police operation across 14 countries 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 UK National Crime Agency, along with 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.

With the extradition treaties, the Philippines would be able to coordinate with the countries' respective administrative and security agencies, resulting in the much more efficient rule of law against criminals.

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