PHL, Indonesia agree to enhance cooperation to fight transnational crimes

March 9, 2011 1:31 am 

JAKARTA, Indonesia, March 8 — The Philippines and Indonesia moved to further strengthen their joint efforts in the fight against transnational crimes with the signing today of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Cooperation on Preventing and Combating Transnational Crimes and Capacity Building.

The signing of MOU between Philippine National Police chief Raul Bacalzo and his Indonesian counterpart, Police General Timur Pradopo, was witnessed by President Benigno Aquino III and Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.

President Aquino is in Indonesia for a two-day state visit, his first to the ASEAN neighbor since becoming the Chief Executive last year.

Under the MOU, both countries shall enhance cooperation to prevent and combat transnational crimes particularly those related to illicit drug trafficking, terrorism, arms smuggling, human trafficking, illegal fishing, maritime fraud, armed robbery at sea, sea piracy, illegal cargo and other crimes at sea.

It also covers cyber crimes, money laundering, international economic crimes and banking offenses and fraudulent travel documents.

For the implementation of the MOU, the parties shall exchange intelligence information and documents in compliance with national legislation and within the limits of their respective authorities.

The Philippines and Indonesia agreed to undertake joint police activities in accordance with the national provisions and cooperate to improve human resources, including exchange of personnel, education and training, and comparative studies.

A joint committee will be established to oversee the implementation of the MOU. (PNA)



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