BI nabs American fugitive wanted for kidnapping her children

THE Bureau of Immigration (BI) agents have apprehended an American woman wanted by the United States federal authorities for kidnapping her two children and bringing them to the Philippines.

BI Commissioner Jaime Morente identified the fugitive arrested in Subic, Zambales last Friday as Ana Centillas Lorrigan, 57.

She is facing trial before a US district court in southern California for the crime of international parental kidnapping, a US federal law that makes it a crime to remove a child from the US or retain a child outside the US with the intent to obstruct a parent's custodial rights, or to attempt to do so.

BI spokesperson Ma. Antonette Mangrobang said Lorrigan and her children, a girl and a boy, whom she failed to identify, entered the country on April 15, 2011.

Mangrobang said the BI board of commissioners is set to issue a summary deportation order against Lorrigan, whose passport was already expired, for "posing risk to public safety and security and being a fugitive from justice." (SunStar Philippines)

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