By Jeffrey Damicog
The Philippines and the United States have started discussions on how to step up cooperation to fight terrorism.
Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II said that on March 2 he met with US Undersecretary for Intelligence and Analysis David Glawe of the US Department of Homeland Security and his team.
“To effectively wage the global war against terrorism, we need to adopt a multifaceted and a multipronged approach,” Aguirre said in a statement.
“This will require us to work closely with our allies and to maintain good working relations with them as we share knowledge and resources for the eradication of a borderless menace,” he explained.
“The meeting with Undersecretary Glawe is a positive step toward that direction,” he assured.
During the meeting, Aguirre said he discussed with Glawe matters of mutual interest and continued cooperation in the areas related to counterterrorism efforts beneficial to both the Philippine and the United States.
The discussions covered advanced passenger information/passenger name record, enhanced information sharing, sharing of watchlists/access to databases, biometric screening, fraudulent document training, and increased capability for internet/social media monitoring.
Aguirre noted both parties expressed their respective commitments to foster closer ties and to explore other areas of possible collaboration in the future.
Also present during the meeting were Justice Undersecretary Erickson Balmes and Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente with the team of Undersecretary for Intelligence and Analysis, Department of Homeland Security (DHS), David J. Glawe at the DOJ.