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'No special treatment' for Italian diplomat

MANILA, Philippines – Detained at the city jail in Biñan, Laguna, Italian diplomat Daniele Bosio is far from the world he's used to as his country's ambassador to Turkmenistan.

In a phone interview with Rappler, Region 4-A director Chief Superintendent Jesus Gatchalian said Bosio is detained in a regular jail cell. "Wala naman siyang special treatment," he added. (He doesn't get special treatment)

Bosio was detained by Laguna police on Sunday, April 6, at Splash Island, a water theme park in Biñan, over allegations of child abuse.

Justice Secretary Leila de Lima said Bosio was caught in the company of 3 young boys, aged 8 to 12-year-old.

Gatchalian said Bosio now awaits his day in court. His case – charges for child abuse and trafficking – will be raffled off to a Laguna court. The 3 boys, said the Laguna police chief, are with the Department of Social Welfare and Development.

According to Gatchalian, Italian ambassador to the Philippines Massimo Roscigno visited Bosio the day he was arrested. "Bahala na [ang Italian embassy] to ensure Bosio is attended to," said Gatchalian. (It's up to the Italian embassy to make sure Bosio is attended to)

The Italian diplomat was on holiday in the Philippines when he was arrested. He's been suspended by the Italian foreign ministry.

"Following the confirmation of the arrest by Philippine authorities yesterday of ambassador to Turkmenistan Daniele Bosio, the foreign ministry has suspended the ambassador from his duties in accordance with the law," it said in a statement released Monday, April 7.

On Monday, April 7, De Lima said Bosio would not be able to invoke diplomatic immunity because he is not stationed in the Philippines. – with reports from Agence France-Presse/Rappler.com