BI nabs US, British criminals in Cebu

BI nabs US, British criminals in Cebu

Nov 30, 2023, 12:53 AM
OpinYon News Team

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The Bureau of Immigration (BI) has reported the arrest of two foreign criminals wanted by authorities for alleged sex-related crimes.

In a statement, BI Commissioner Norman Tansingco identified the two individuals as American John Tomas Minor, 42, and British national Derek Gordon Heggie, 40, who were arrested in separate operations last Monday by operatives from the BI’s fugitive search unit in Cebu province.

Minor was arrested in a condominium unit at the Cebu Business Park in Cebu City while Heggie was collared at a residential unit in Barangay Guadalupe, Bogo City.

Tansingco said he issued mission orders for the duo’s arrest after the US and British authorities informed the BI of their criminal records and previous offenses.

“They will be deported after our board of commissioners issue the orders for their summary deportation after which they will be included in our immigration blacklist to prevent them from reentering the country,” Tansingco said.

He further stressed that “we should not allow these criminals to use the Philippines as a sanctuary to elude arrest and evade prosecution for crimes they committed in their homelands.”

According to US authorities, Minor is subject of an arrest warrant issued in May by a superior court in Spokane, Washington where he was charged with raping and molesting a child.

As for Heggie, authorities said that he was convicted of sexual assault on 10 Aug 2005 and reportedly committed several other sex crimes, raising concerns about his stay in the country.

The BI received information that Heggie is known to be violent, with an extensive criminal history that includes different types of sexual abuse, damage to property, possession of narcotic substances, among other grave offenses.

Both aliens are temporarily detained at the BI office in Mandaue City pending their transfer to the BI warden facility in Camp Bagong Diwa, Taguig City.

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