By Aaron Recuenco
Director General Oscar Albayalde, chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP), is set to return to the country today after a four-day meeting with his counterparts in Southeast Asia.
Albayalde led a small group of PNP officials as official PNP delegation to the 38th ASEANAPOL (Association of Southeast Asian-Association of Chiefs of Police) Conference in Brunei Darussalam which started on September 2.
“We shared best practices and learned new trends in the law enforcement with my accomplished colleagues,” said Albayalde.
The ASEANAPOL conference is a regular meeting of top police officials in Southeast Asia, the goal is to expand cooperation and coordination for interoperability in fighting cross-border crimes such as smuggling, human trafficking, illegal drugs trade, and terrorism.
The conference includes sharing of best practices in law enforcement and comparing notes, especially on the matters pertaining to criminal syndicates operating in Southeast Asia.
Cooperation between police forces in the region has led to the busting of some syndicates and arrest of some criminal elements.
“We are looking forward to stronger cross-border cooperation and better synergy with our regional counterparts and partners,” said Albayalde.
In Albayalde’s absence, Police Deputy Director General Fernando H. Mendez Jr. is designated PNP Officer-in-Charge.