PNP presents gains vs transnational crimes in Interpol conference in France

The Philippine National Police (PNP) has presented to its global counterparts its accomplishments in the campaign against transnational crimes that include child exploitation, financial fraud, and illegal drugs.

PNP chief Gen. Rodolfo Azurin, Jr., said both the accomplishments and the continuous efforts of the Philippine police were discussed during the 17th Annual Conference of Heads of National Central Bureaus of the International Criminal Police Organization (ICPO-INTERPOL) in Lyon, France.

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The activity was attended by some 300 delegates from 142 Interpol-member countries.

"The Philippines is never far behind in addressing current criminal activity involving transnational syndicates," said Azurin.

For instance, Azurin said the PNP, thru the Anti-Cybercrime Group (ACG) was also instrumental in breaking the backbone of syndicated criminal activities engaged in online financial fraud from local and offshore boiler room operations.

"The aggressive stance of the PNP in support of national policy against drug trafficking and abuse has successfully severed the supply chain of illegal drugs with the busting of foreign-led drug syndicates operating in the Philippines," said Azurin.

He also stated that the major role of the PNP Women and Children Protection Center in a recent international law enforcement operation in the Philippines, US, Norway, United Kingdom, Australia, and Germany is testament to the responsiveness of the country as an active member of a global alliance of police agencies that share common interests in combatting transnational crime involving online sexual exploitation of children.

Azurin led the Philippine delegation for the Interpol conference.

Other members of the Philippine delegation are: Director for Intelligence (DI) Maj. Gen. Benjamin C Acorda Jr; Director for Operations (DO) Brig. Gen. Emmanuel B Peralta; Director for Plans (DPL) Brig. Gen. Gen Bernard M Banac; Director for Investigation and Detective Management (DIDM) Maj. Gen. Eliseo DC Cruz; and Director for Information and Communication Technology Management (DICTM) Maj. Gen. Gen Valeriano T De Leon.