MANILA – An American citizen of Filipino descent, who has a standing arrest warrant in the United States for child molestation, has been arrested in a joint operation Thursday.
In its initial report, the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG), one of the agencies that carried out the operation, said 47-year-old Francisco Loreno Jr. was arrested at a hotel in Mandaluyong City after the US Embassy reported that has an arrest warrant.
“Nang makarating sa bansa sakay ng isang eroplano ng Japan Airlines, agad na nakipag-koordinasyon ang Embahada ng Amerika sa PCG para manmanan ang suspek sa isang hotel sa Mandaluyong City kung saan ito nag-check-in noong ika-08 ng Oktubre 2021 (After his arrival from a Japan Airlines plane, the US Embassy immediately coordinated with the PCG to investigate the suspect in a hotel in Mandaluyong City where he checked-in since October 8, 2021),” the PCG said.
The investigation began on October 9 and was followed by the PCG’s coordination with the Bureau of Immigration for Loreno’s arrest.
“Dinala siya ng mga otoridad sa US Embassy para agad na maasikaso ang repatriation sa Amerika (he was brought by the authorities to the US Embassy for the immediate processing of his repatriation to the US),” the PCG said. (PNA)