RP, China Sign Anti-Drugs Accord; Closer Cooperation Pledged
Ilagan, Aris R., Manila Bulletin
Officials of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the Ministry of Public Security of the People's Republic of China (PROC) have signed an agreement for closer cooperation between the Philippines and PROC in combatting international drug trafficking activities and other forms of transnational crimes.
Interior and Local Government Secretary Jose Lina Jr. and Jia Chunwang, PROC Minister of Public Security, signed a memorandum of understanding in Beijing, China, for improved cooperation between their two governments in fighting transnational crimes.
In his report to President Arroyo, Lina said both parties acknowledged the worsening trend of transnational crimes affecting China and the Philippines, as well as the serious threats to national security posed by the growing sophistication of transnational crime activities.
Director General Leandro R. Mendoza, chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP), lauded the signing of the agreement as he stressed that the PNP is expecting to gain significant headway in the fight against drug trafficking and other international criminal operations from the accord.
The RP-China accord guarantees closer cooperation between the DILG and the PROC Ministry of Public Security in the form of intelligence exchange, information on pending cases, search and repatriation of wanted persons, and exchange of investigative technology. …