The Philippines has become a haven for fugitives due to the absence of a centralized biometric database of wanted criminals and the proliferation of fake documents, a multinational risk consultancy said.
In a report issued to its clients dated May 23, the Pacific Strategies & Assessments (PSA) said some of the country’s most wanted fugitives may be moving about freely while authorities remain clueless as to their whereabouts.
“Due to the weakness of law enforcement in effectively tracking down and arresting wanted fugitives, the Philippines has become a safe haven and a transit point for criminals evading capture,” PSA said.
“While authorities remain clueless as to the whereabouts of these criminals, some of the country’s most wanted likely are moving freely and openly in public – and maybe even traveling abroad,” it added.
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