PNP commits to stepping up efforts to arrest fugitive foreigners in PH

The Philippine National Police (PNP) has committed to further intensifying the efforts to hunt down fugitive foreigners who are hiding in the country.

PNP chief Gen. Rodolfo Azurin, Jr. said the issue was discussed during the 17th Annual Conference of Heads of National Central Bureaus of the International Criminal Police Organization (ICPO-INTERPOL) held in Lyon, France.

"The Interpol, more than ever, has been forward looking at prospects of better cooperation among countries, and the PNP is proud of our role in this international alliance against crime, to which we have assisted foreign counterparts in tracking down wanted fugitives and providing active technical support to international efforts," said Azurin who headed the Philippine delegation.

The Interpol conference is among the regular meetings for member countries to touch base with the global network of police agencies with common interests of combatting transnational and domestic crime.

A number of foreign fugitives were already arrested in the country through coordination with the Interpol member-countries.

Azurin said that during his visit in France, he had the opportunity to talk with His Excellency Junever Mahilum-West Ambassador of France about certain concerns of the local Filipino community on some pressing domestic issues here in our country.

France is among eight countries in the world where the Philippines maintains an Office of the Police Attache, as part of the official diplomatic mission.