Albayalde back from Dubai, cites anti-crime pacts

November 26, 2018
Oscar D. Albayalde

PHILIPPINE National Police chief Director General Oscar D. Albayalde on Saturday returned from a week-long trip in Dubai, United Arab Emirates where he attended a general assembly of the International Criminal Police Organization or Interpol.

“The Philippine delegation to the 84th Interpol General Assembly brings back encouraging prospects for better cooperation in law enforcement and domestic security.  The tri-agency Philippine delegation was represented by the PNP which is the Interpol National Central Bureau (NCB) in the Philippines, the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) and the Philippine Center on Transnational Crime (PCTC),” he said.

According to the PNP chief, the 84th Interpol General Assembly with the theme “Policing in the information age” tackled issues on the new dimensions of crime that interplay with terrorism, drug trafficking and other forms of transnational criminal activity through the “dark net and underground economy”.

“I share the observation of Interpol Secretary General Jeurgen Stock that police needed to embrace technology and innovation to stay a step ahead of sophisticated cyber criminals,” he said.

“The venue of the 2018 Interpol Assembly showcases this observation as Dubai serves as a model city and perfect example of heavy investment in technology-based smart policing that we personally witnessed and experienced,” he added.

During the summit, the PNP delegation held a bilateral meeting with the Singapore Police Force delegation led by Commissioner Hoong Wee Teck and discussed with their Singaporean counterparts matters of mutual concern regarding information sharing on wanted fugitives, trafficking in persons, smuggling and drug trafficking.

The PNP delegation also forged two Memoranda of Understanding with the National Crime Agency of the United Kingdom represented by Director General Lynne G. Owens on cooperation and exchange of information against organized crime.

They also inked agreements with the Australian Federal Police led by Commissioner Andrew Colvin on wider areas of cooperation between the Philippine and Australian police forces to strengthen the existing framework originally established by an earlier MOU between the Australian Federal Police and the PNP signed in Canberra on October 2, 2012 for cooperation in law enforcement, through consultations and  information sharing in all areas of law enforcement and conduct of coordinated operations across all transnational crime types and cooperative assistance in the field of capacity building and professional development.