PHILIPPINE National Police chief General Oscar D. Albayalde yesterday stressed the crucial role being played by the ASEAN Association of Chiefs of Police in the global fight against terrorism and transnational crimes specifically drug and human trafficking.
“The active participation of the PNP in this annual conference is testament to the strong partnership and cooperation by the PNP with the international law enforcement community in the true spirit of ASEANAPOL solidarity against transnational crime and domestic crime concerns of member agencies,” Albayalde said a day after arriving from Hanoi, Vietnam where he led a 26-man PNP delegation to the 39th ASEANAPOL Conference.
The PNP delegation discussed concerns common among ASEANAPOL-member national police agencies such as protection of women and children, and future cooperation on cybercrime, human trafficking, money laundering, terrorism, drugs, other transnational crimes; and other discussions on Exchange of Personnel and Training Programmes among ASEAN National Police Forces, Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters and ASEAN Police Forensic Science Network.
In between sessions, the PNP delegation also attended separate bilateral meetings with ASEANAPOL dialogue partners Australian Police Force and the UK National Crime Agency (NCA) with whom we discussed capacity-building and capability enhancement of the Philippine Internet Crimes Against Children Center (PICACC) Project, including the Year 2 delivery of the PICACC Digital Forensics package, increased presence of UK-NCA in the Philippines and common counter terrorism initiatives.
During his talks with his ASEAN counterparts, Albayalde underscored the need for full cooperation among all ASEANAPOL member-countries in the global fight against terror and other transnational crimes specifically illegal drug trafficking.
He said this can be achieved through continuous exchange of real-time information, capacity-building and the establishment of “point of contact” officers among one another.
The summit was important since it involved policemen and policewomen of diverse cultures, beliefs, persuasions, and competencies pursuing the shared objectives of keeping the ASEAN region safe.
It also served as an avenue in which requests for inquiries to gather more information on criminal matters concerning person of interest and transnational crime issues won’t be a problem due to the existence of the ASEANAPOL Database Systems or e-ADS.
The successful 39th ASEANAPOL summit was attended by official delegations from the Royal Brunei Police Force, Cambodian National Police, Indonesian National Police, Lao People’s Democratic Republic General Department of Police, Royal Malaysia Police, Myanmar Police Force, Philippine National Police, Singapore Police Force, Royal Thai Police, and the host agency, Socialist Republic of Vietnam Police.
Also in attendance were observers and dialogue partner delegations from Fiji, Timor Leste, National Crime Agency of the United Kingdom, International Association of Chiefs of Police, International Committee of the Red Cross, United States Federal Bureau of Investigation, ASEAN Secretariat, ICPO-INTERPOL, Australian Federal Police, National Police Agency of Japan, New Zealand Police, Ministry of Public Security of the People’s Republic of China, EUROPOL, Russia, Turkey, and the National Police Agency of Republic of Korea.