CEBU CITY, Philippines – A long-wanted foreign national for child prostitution, sexual abuse and human trafficking was arrested on Wednesday morning May 19 by officers from the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI-7) in Barangay Canamucan in the city of Compostela, north of Cebu.
The foreigner has been identified as Steve Hidosan, who claims to be from Yugoslavia, a former country in southeastern Europe. He has reportedly been in hiding from the authorities for eight years now.
NBI-7 director attorney Renan Oliva said NBI officers from the Manila-based Organized Crime Division coordinated with them when they received information that Hidosan was residing. in the city of Compostela with her Filipino partner and her two children.
The arrest warrant they served earlier was issued by Judge Bernardita Gabitann-Erum of the Angeles City Regional Magistrates’ Court, Section 61, on January 14, 2013.
Oliva added that Hidosan had two outstanding arrest warrants. He added that the arrested suspect had been charged with seven counts of violating Republic Act 7610 or the Act on the Special Protection of Children from Abuse, Exploitation and Discrimination and eight counts of indictment for violation of Republic Law 9208 or 2003 Anti-Trafficking Law. .
Agent Cesar Rivera of NBI Manila, the investigator in charge of the case, said the numerous charges listed in the warrant reflect the frequency of the suspect’s violations.
Rivera said the violations were all committed in Angeles City, Pampanga.
Rivera added that Hidosan must pay a bond of P 200,000 for each violation of RA 7610 he committed or a total of P 1.4 million while the offenses he committed under RA 9208 mean life imprisonment or life imprisonment for the foreigner.
NBI-7 agent Aga Gierran told reporters that around 5 a.m. today they went to Barangay Canamucan in Compostela to arrest Hidosan. The suspect would not have resisted the snare of the police officers who arrested him.
Gierran said they had to use a drone to confirm the suspect’s presence inside his residence since his house was fenced and closed.
When the suspect was asked to present the necessary documents to prove the legality of his stay in the country, Gierran said the former had not shown them anything, not even a passport.
Hidosan, for his part, said he had no knowledge of these cases and was living peacefully with his 29-year-old Filipino partner and their two children.
He also claimed he was a K9 unit trainer for both the Philippine National Police and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency. Apart from that, he also breeds high quality fighting cocks for derbies which cost 20,000 pesos each.
After Hidosan’s arrest, Rivera said they would finish processing the necessary documents first and then bring the suspect to NBI-Manila. He said they would also inform branch 61 of the RTC which has jurisdiction over Hidosan cases.
âAfter being documented in Cebu, everyone in Manila-NBI and to inform the 61 ng RTC Branch, Angeles City, not far away. You can receive pictures of Angeles at Angeles City Prison, âRivera said.
Oliva added that once convicted, Hidosan must serve a sentence for the crimes he has committed. After serving his sentence, he will face deportation proceedings.
Oliva also called on residents of the city of Compostela and neighboring municipalities to report to their office if they had any similar complaints against the suspect.
“We do not know if what he did in Angeles, he also does here [in Cebu]. You must file a complaint with NBI para maimbestigahan natin siya. We can add additional cases if similar acts were committed by him dito sa lugar nato, âsaid Oliva. / rcg
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