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PIA Press Release
2009/02/11

Catbalogan City police apprehends 'human trafficker'

By Ninfa B Quirante

Catbalogan City (February 11) -- Catbalogan City Police apprehended a suspected 'human trafficker' wanted in Irosin, Sorsogon.

According to Police Superintendent Ramil Ramirez, Chief of the Catbalogan City Police force, it was only in February 11, 2009 when they were able to apprehend the elusive suspect of human trafficking based on a warrant of arrest from the Bicol town.

The suspect identified as Cristina Sultan, 45 is a resident of Catbalogan City.

She is now in the custody of Catbaloga City Police Force and is awaiting to be picked up by Sorsogon PNP.

This January, Ramirez said some adult males with questionable gender have also been charged of the same offense but the relatives of the victims refused to execute affidavits.

This is one time when the PNP is frustrated, Ramirez laments.

"How can we solve criminality when there is a culture of silence?" he added.

Meanwhile, Ramirez cautions 'lovers' who are fond of going to dark places in the park as they are prone to cell phone snatching.

Two cell phone snatchers are now in their custody and positively identified by their victims, since then no report of cell phone snatching has reached their office.

However, Ramirez still gives a warning to texters to stay in places where more people can see you and can assist you in times of criminality.

This one incident, he said happened at the Imelda Park near NFA office which is not well lit, thus the snatching.

Even if the two notorious snatchers are now detained, and the PNP on 24-hour beat, still the public is reminded to be careful and to avoid dark places. (PIA-Samar) [top]

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