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Verzosa eyes meeting with Indian embassy

Posted by Abi Kwok on January 13, 2009

By Abigail Kwok

MANILA, Philippines — Philippine National Police (PNP) Director General Jesus Verzosa has proposed a dialogue with the Indian Embassy in Manila to establish programs and conduct workshops to better protect Indian nationals in the country.

Verzosa said this workshop would be participated in by agencies like the PNP Police Anti-Crime Emergency Response (PACER), National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), and the Bureau of Immigrations (BI) to draft policies that would protect Indian nationals here.

Verzosa’s announcement came after Senior Superintendent Manuel Gaerlan, Bataan provincial police chief, revealed that in his province alone, 10 cases of kidnappings involving Indian nationals had been reported.

Verzosa noted the prevalence of cases where Indian nationals would become victims of abduction and extortion, particularly because of the nature of the business they were involved in, referring to the lending business that most Indian citizens in the country were engaged in.

“We need the collaboration of Indian officials and communities to attend to these problems,” he added.

In kidnapping situations, Verzosa said it was important that the relatives of the victim should cooperate fully with the police for the immediate resolution of the case.


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