Aquino asks Asean cops for further cooperation vs transnational crimes

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Tuesday, May 13, 2014

PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino III on Tuesday urged law enforcers in Southeast Asian countries to intensify cooperation to fight transnational crimes.

In his speech at the 34th Association of Southeast Asian Nations Association of Chiefs of Police (Aseanapol) Conference at the Sofitel Hotel in Pasay City, the Chief Executive said crimes cross borders.

"Criminals often attempt to evade justice by crossing borders, thereby stretching the capacities of our respective police forces, oftentimes, challenging the existing laws of each country in the region. This is one of the primary reasons why we are gathered here," he said.

"Our goal: To make sure that such criminals are brought to justice in the swiftest and most efficient manner possible; and to allow all the peoples of Southeast Asia to go about their lives with peace of mind, knowing that they are protected by their respective governments," he added.

Aquino underscored the importance of enhanced cooperation between Asean members and the International Police (Interpol), through shared databases such as the I-24/7 of the Interpol and the e-ADS or Aseanapol Database System.

"These are vital tools in identifying, apprehending, filing cases against, and eventually prosecuting criminals in court," said the President.

He said such enhanced cooperation helps in identifying stolen motor vehicles, apprehending wanted persons, rescuing missing persons, breaking up syndicates, and neutralizing terrorist elements.

The conference was attended by the Chiefs of Police of Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, and the Philippines together with their respective delegations.

Also present at that conference were the Chiefs of Police of Australia, China, Japan, South Korea, and New Zealand; Russia Ambassador Nikolay Kudashev; and the Secretary Generals of the ASEAN Secretariat and Interpol. (SDR/Sunnex)

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