By Arwen Pascua
MANILA — The Philippine National Police and the Ministry of Public Security of the People’s Republic of China today, Friday held bilateral talks and agreed to strengthen cooperation and collaboration on mutual law enforcement and transnational security concerns affecting both countries.
PNP chief General Guillermo Eleazar led the Philippine delegation made up of top PNP officials in the virtual bilateral meeting with Chinese police counterparts from the Ministry of Public Security headed by Mr. Wang Xiaohong, the Vice Minister of MPS.
High on the agenda of the top-level video conference held at the PNP National Headquarters were discussions on mutual law enforcement and security concerns involving the crackdown on illegal POGO activities, telecom fraud, drug-related crime, and kidnapping.
Also discussed were updates on the proposed establishment of China Desks in the PNP Offices that will address concerns on the protection of overseas Chinese nationals and organizations.
Both PNP and MPS agreed to work together to ensure the security of the 24th Winter Olympics in Beijing in February 2022.
The PNP and MPS bilateral conference opened doors for training cooperation and mutual assistance, including counter-terrorism, anti-drug operation, personal online training, and policing material aids.
The 90-minute conference adjourned on a high note with both delegations seeking further inter-agency cooperation under the framework of the Ministerial Meeting on Transnational Crime among INTERPOL, ASEAN, and China (10+1); and Ministerial Meeting among China, Japan, Korea.
The PNP and MPS both maintain liaison offices in Beijing and Manila through designated official police attaches. (ai/mtvn)