The Daily Manila Shimbun


PNP attending ASEAN police chiefs conference in Vietnam

September 15, 2019

The Philippine National Police (PNP)  will send a 20-member delegation to the 39th ASEAN Association of Chiefs of Police (ASEANAPOL) Conference in Hanoi, Vietnam.

Police Brigadier General Bernard Banac, the PNP spokesman, said in a statement Police General Oscar Albayalde will be in Vietnam from September 16 to 20.

“Albayalde will present the PNP’s country paper on current transnational crime concerns, including efforts aimed at strengthening international cooperation with other police forces in the ASEAN against transnational syndicates,” said Banac.

Designated as PNP Officer-in-charge will be Police Lieutenant General Francisco Gamboa, deputy chief for operations.

“The PNP delegation will attend sessions of three conference commissions to discuss topics on illicit drug trafficking, terrorism, arms smuggling, trafficking in persons, maritime fraud, commercial crime, cybercrime, fraudulent travel documents, transnational fraud, ASEANAPOL database system, mutual assistance on criminal matters, exchange of personnel and training programs, and the ASEANAPOL Forensic Science Network,” he said.

Banac said, the delegation will hold bilateral meetings with the UK National Crime Agency and the Australian Federal Police.

He added the Philippines is a founding member of the ASEANAPOL and the first conference was held in Manila in 1981. 

The 39th ASEANAPOL will be attended by 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. 

Attending as observer and dialogue partner delegations are Fiji, Timor Leste, National Crime Agency (NCA) of the United Kingdom, International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), 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. Ella Dionisio/DMS