MANILA - President Benigno Aquino III urged police chiefs from ASEAN-member countries to combat transnational crimes in Southeast Asia through "enhanced cooperation."
Aquino was a guest in the opening of the annual ASEANAPOL (Association of South East Asian Nations Chiefs of Police) conference, which is hosted this year by the Philippine National Police in Manila.
The conference was attended by police chiefs and heads from Brunei Darrusalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.
This year, dialogue partners from Australia, China, Japan, South Korea and New Zealand were also in attendance.
In his message, Aquino said regional cooperation in terms of database sharing and adapting best practices from each countries' police force would result to a more secure ASEAN, which is in line with the integration in 2015.
The ASEANAPOL will aim to draft and ratify a joint Communique on their direction during the 4-day conference.
Philippine National Police chief Alan Purisima also stressed the importance of cooperation between the police forces.
He said maritime security, terrorism and money laundering are some of the points which will be discussed during the conference.
The Philippines is a founding member of the ASEANAPOL which held its first conference in Manila in 1981.
This is the country's fifth time hosting the conference. The last time the PNP hosted the ASEANAPOL conference was in 2003.