BI expands use of Interpol criminal database

Published June 7, 2022, 12:39 PM

by Jun Ramirez

The Bureau of Immigration (BI) is extending to all its offices nationwide the global communication system (1-24/7) of the International Police Organization (Interpol) to facilitate the identification and apprehension of foreign fugitives and other undesirable visitors.

BI Commissioner Jaime Morente signed an agreement with the Philippine Center for Transnational Crime (PCTC) for the installation of Interpol data at all immigration field and satellite offices, including seaports.

Presently, access to such information is limited only to six ports, including the Ninoy Aquino International Airport and the Clark International Airport.

Morente noted that closed coordination with the Interpol has led to the arrest of many foreign fugitives and other unwanted aliens entering the country.

“The use of the 1-24/7 is limited to the screening of passengers, but effective in intercepting undesirable aliens. Hence, we are seeking the expansion of it’s coverage,” the BI chief added.

BI records showed more than 2,500 foreign nationals were apprehended in the country’s international airports since mutual sharing of information with the Interpol was set up in 2016.