MANILA — Justice Secretary Leila M. De Lima lauded on Thursday the recent arrest of Peter Gerald Scully by agents of the National Bureau of Investigation-Anti-Human Trafficking Division (NBI-AHTRAD) and NBI-Region 10 even as she warned child pornography syndicates using the Philippines as a base.
De Lima chairs the Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking (IACAT).
The Justice chief said that the arrest of Scully highlights both the effectiveness and resolve of the government’s intensified campaign against human trafficking.
Scully is an Australian national with pending arrest warrants and identified to be responsible for the production of a horrifying child sexual abuse and torture video.
”Let notice be served to these criminal elements that the days of their child cybersex operation is numbered,” De Lima said.
”Wherever these syndicates are, we will hunt them down and we will bring them to justice,” she added.
De Lima underscored that the government “has both the will and the capability to capture these perverted elements.”
She also exhorted victims and witnesses not to be afraid to seek help from anti-human trafficking authorities.
De Lima noted that prior to the arrest of Scully, the complaint of two minor girls to the police resulted in the issuance of a warrant of arrest and led to the raid on his house by the composite team of NBI-AHTRAD and NBI-Region 10 agents.