Alleged Italian Pedophile arrested in Davao City

Robie de Guzman

MANILA, Philippines – An alleged Italian pedophile has been nabbed in Davao City, the Bureau of Immigration (BI) said Tuesday.

The BI said the suspect, identified as 57-year old Lorenzo Marchesi, was arrested by intelligence agents on Nov. 8 when he was about to board his flight at the Davao International Airport.

According to BI Acting Intelligence Chief Fortunato Manahan Jr., the suspect was accused of preying on Filipino minors in the south during his frequent visits to the country.

The BI said that a check of the agency’s travel database showed that Marchesi has been going in and out of the country since January this year via the international airports in Davao and Mactan, Cebu.

He was apprehended by virtue of a mission order that was issued by Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente following information of his alleged “immoral activities which makes him an undesirable alien.”

The bureau added that Marchesi is also listed as a respondent in several criminal complaints filed with the Davao City prosecutor’s office and Philippine National Police’s women and children’s protection desk.

“Said complaints range from alleged violation of the expanded anti-trafficking act, cyber crime law, and anti-child abuse act. He was reportedly engaging minors for sexual acts in exchange for money,” the bureau said in a statement.

The BI said a deportation charge for undesirability has been filed against Marchesi.

The suspect is currently detained at the holding facility of the BI district office in Davao City while undergoing deportation proceedings and pending resolution of the criminal complaints that were lodged against him by his alleged victims.

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