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BI nabs 81-year-old Australian ‘pedophile’ in Cebu

AN 81-year-old Australian man facing charges of sexual abuse in his home country was arrested by the Bureau of Immigration (BI).

BI Commissioner Norman Tansingco, citing a report from the bureau’s fugitive search unit (FSU) headed by Rendel Ryan Sy, identified the Australian as David John Buckley. He is currently detained at the BI’s holding facility in Taguig pending his deportation.

Sy said Buckley was arrested last November 21 in Bantayan Island in Cebu and was also found to be undocumented, as his passport has already expired.

“He will be deported as soon as the board of commissioners issues the order for his summary deportation. His presence is not welcome in the country, and he will be placed in blacklist,” he added.

According to official records, Buckley, a notorious pedophile, is the subject of two arrest warrants issued by the federal police in Queensland, Australia based on charges of rape and indecent treatment of children.

Sy said The charges reportedly stemmed from a 2021 complaint filed against Buckley in Papua New Guinea for sexual abuse he committed against the victims in the early 1990s.

Moreover, Buckley is known to have committed multiple sex-related offenses in various places in Queensland, aside from 26 child and sexual abuse offenses from 1988 to 2004.

Sy also reported the arrest of 30-year-old Chinese national Lin Hengyi at his residence in a posh condominium building in Taguig.

According to information from the Chinese government, Lin is wanted for his alleged involvement in economic crimes for operating a fraudulent investment and financial management firm.

The said company allegedly solicited funds from unsuspecting victims who were enticed to invest money in their own platform which caused the customers to incur losses amounting to more than two million Chinese yuan, or nearly US$300,000.

Itchie G. Cabayan
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