2ND INTERPOL PROJECT WATCHMAKER FINGERPRINTS SOUTHEAST ASIAN WORKING GROUP MEETING

On March 27-28, 2017, PCTC along with PNP-CLG attended and participated the 2 day INTERPOL 2nd Project Watchmaker Fingerprint at Hoi An, Vietnam. The meeting goes with the agenda:

  • INTERPOL Tools and Services
  • Background of Project Watchmaker
  • Objective of the South-East Asia Working Group
 
PRE-OPERATIONAL MEETING LIONFISH – ASEAN

On February 27 – March 01, 2017, attended by OIC, DO and Atty. Tacorda (BI), together with representative from Thailand, Singapore, Vietnam, Cambodia, China, Australia, Malaysia, Indonesia, Myanmar, Laos, Qatar, ASEANAPOL, World Customs Organization and INTERPOL General Secretariat, attended the meeting at Novotel in Siam, Bangkok, Thailand.

 
23RD ASIAN REGIONAL CONFERENCE (ARC), KATHMANDU, NEPAL

The conference brought together senior law enforcement officers to unite regional efforts in providing a more effective global response to combat terrorism and organized crime, was successfully concluded in Kathmandu Nepal between 18 and 20 January 2017. The delegates discussed areas where increased cooperation and shared best practices can help identify and interdict suspected terrorists ahead of any planned attack. Among the issues which were addressed by the 117 participants from 26 countries are cybercrime, human trafficking, and the sexual exploitation of children. At the end of the conference, five recommendations were adopted:

  1. INTERPOL Strategy and Business Plan for Asian Region 2017-2020;
  2. INTERPOL’s Integrated Operational Support for Vulnerable communities in Asian region;
  3. INTERPOL’s Support to Counter terrorism;
  4. INTERPOL’s Global Cybercrime Strategy and Action streams: Priorities and Plans for the Asian Region; and
INTERPOL’s Activities regarding Transcontinental Wildlife Crimes.
 
PROJECT CHAIN ATTENDED BY IPO

On January 10-12, 2017, Atty. Leonardo Oliver F Limbo of Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines, attended the said activity in Interpol, Singapore, which aims to develop opportunities through a single point of coordination for international transnational investigations that will be targeting high profile criminals related to trafficking illicit trade, operating smuggling routes between Southeast Asia, India and the Middle East. Such investigations would lead to the confiscation of criminal proceeds and to the arrest and conviction of criminals

 
“OPERATION INFRA ASP” (ASIA AND SOUTH PACIFIC UNDERWORLD ROUND-UP AND ARREST)

The INTERPOL Fugitive Investigative Support Sub-Directorate (OSA-FIS) announced the launch of “OPERATION INFRA ASP” (Asia and South Pacific Underworld Round-up and Arrest)-1st Operational Meeting on fugitives wanted for serious organized crime and financial crime in Asia and South Pacific (ASP) region which was held in Hangzhou, China on 13-15 December 2016.

The operation aimed to disrupt criminal networks responsible for serious crimes such as organized crime and financial crimes and more particularly to support countries to locate and arrest fugitives at international level as well as from other countries who have left their national jurisdiction and believed to be residing in one or more ASP Countries, through the global exchange of information.

 
INTERPOL’S TRAININGS TO ENHANCE FORENSIC CAPABILITIES IN ASEAN: SIMULTANEOUS SESSIONS ON DNA, FACIAL RECOGNITION, FINGERPRINT AND FIREARMS

On November 28-December 02, 2016, PCTC attended the trainings that was held at INTERPOL Global Complex for Innovation (IGCI), Singapore. The purpose of this activity is to provide an opportunity for law enforcement officers to be trained extensively on the use of INTERPOL’s policing capabilitites in forensics. The Philippines was represented by SPO1 Pablo L. Dawagan III (NCB Manila) and four personnel from Philippine National Police Crime Laboratory Group: PSUPT ARIEL L AYUSIP, fingerprint expert, PCINSP JASPER P MAGANA, DNA expert, PSINSP HOMEL F SORRA, Forensic Photography expert and SPO1 Julian C Fernandez, firearms examiner expert. Selected participants upon completion of this training should be able to use INTERPOL’s forensic databases and be in a position to train other officers in their units on INTERPOL’s standards and rules of the processing of forensic data.

 
DESIGN AND SCENARIO DEVELOPMENT FOR TABLETOP EXERCISE “MAHARLIKA”

On November 28-December 02, 2016, PCTC attended the event at the INTERPOL Global Complex for Innovation. The activity aimed to develop an exercise plan and identify terrorism scenarios within the maritime domain, which will be used during the actual tabletop exercise in Brunei on February 2017. The role of NCB is to assist in the facilitation of the tabletop exercise and to introduce INTERPOL’s various tools and services.

 
PROJECT PACIFIC WORKING GROUP MEETING ON THE INTERPOL SOUTHEAST ASIA FOREIGN FIGHTERS PROJECT

On November 15-17, 2016 –PCTC, along with the representative from BI and other law enforcement agencies from Philippines, attended the workshop at Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia. This project is supported by the Australian Government through the Regional Communities Outreach Program of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. The Project PACIFIC Working Group Meeting in Malaysia focused on: People smuggling facilitators and their Modus Operandi in the ASEAN Region used by FTFs; Financial support to Asian FTFs and to the Syrian/Iraqi Conflict zone; and High-Value Terrorist (HVT) operating in the Asia-Pacific region.

The Working Group meeting aimed to collect additional information on the following: Details on how terrorist groups work with people smuggling syndicates to facilitate travel within and outside the region; How terrorist and other radical groups in Southeast Asia raise funds to support the travel of FTFs to Syria and other conflict zones; and Information about transnational terrorist entering Southeast Asia: their travel facilitators and logistics support groups to enter and remain inside the region.

 
COUNTER-SMUGGLING INVESTIGATION COURSE

On November 7-10, 2016, PCTC along with BFP, NCWC, NWCS, BOQ, BI, PNP, and BOC attended the course that was held in Chiang Mai, Thailand. INTERPOL’s Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, Explosives Sub-Directorate (CBRNE), in cooperation with the INTERPOL National Central Bureaus from Indonesia, Thailand and Philippines participated in this Course. The background of this course focuses on the illegal movement of chemical and explosives materials by criminals and terrorist groups, in combination with the transit of redicalized individuals between conflict zones within and outside of the Southeast Asian Region poses and ongoing threat to INTERPOL’s member countries. By targeting the trafficking of dual use chemicals and explosive materials as well as enhancing the investigation skills and intelligence piture of foreign fighters in Southeast Asia, the law enforcement community can play a pivotal role in the prevention and early detection of terrorist attacks.

 
85TH SESSION OF INTERPOL GENERAL ASSSEMBLY

On November 07-10, 2016, PCTC along with the representatives from PPC, PNP-DPL, OMB, PPA and OSETC attended the General Assembly at Bali NUSA DUA National Convention Center (BNDCC), Indonesia. The Assembly aimed to bring out future initiatives as well as to solicit ideas among member law enforcement agency to create a sustainable framework in ensuring security for generations to come.

Highlights of the event were the following:
  
- Key resolutions approved by delegates include a call for the systematic collection and recording biometric information as part of terrorist profiles shared via INTERPOL and further the strengthening of INTERPOL’s information processing mechanisms, including for Red Notices and Diffusions;
  
- Member countries also endorse the expansion of the I-Checkit programme to Maritime Industry as part of efforts to enhance border security and passenger screening;
  
- With Beijing, China hosting the INTERPOL’s 86th General Assembly in 2017, it was decided that Kampala, Uganda will serve as the venue for the 2018 global police gathering;
  
- Mr Meng Hongwei, China’s Vice Minister of Public Security was elected as the new President of INTERPOL for a period of four years (2016-2020) replacing Ms. Mireille Ballestrazzi of France; and
  
- Three new members of the Executive Committee were also elected this year: Police Major General Alexander Prokopchuk of Russia, Head of INTERPOL NCB Moscow, as Vice President for Europe; Chief of Argentine Federal Police, General Commissioner Nestor Ramon Roncaglia, as Delegate for the Americas; and Matyas Hegyaljai, Hungary’s Deputy State Secretary for International and European Union Matters as Delegate for Europe.
 
TRAIN-THE- TRAINER SESSIONS OF EU-ASEAN MIGRATION AND BORDER MANAGEMENT PROGRAMME II

On October 25- November 02, 2016, PCTC participated in the activity that was held at Bangkok, Thailand. The activity was attended by ASEAN Member States and aimed to build the participants competencies to perform some functions such as to implement border operations in his/her country based on INTERPOL Integrated Border Management Task force (IBTMF) methodology; and facilitate a training on INTERPOL Policing Capabilities.

 
DEBRIEFING MEETING OPSON V – LAUNCH OPSON VI

The Debriefing Meeting OPSON V – Launch OPSON VI took place in Madrid, Spain on 20 – 21 October 2016 which was attended by SPO1 ERWIN D NAVARRO, Case Liaison Officer, Directorate for Operations, PCTC. Since 2011, INTERPOL and Europol have coordinated a joint operation targeting counterfeit and/ or substandard food and beverages, namely Operation OPSON. Food fraud represents a lucrative business for criminals while placing the safety of the consumers at risk. First launched in 2011 with the participation of 10 countries, Operation OPSON achieved remarkable results with the seizure of products ranging from everyday items like coffee and olive oil, to luxury goods such as caviar and champagne.

PEach year, an increasing number of countries participated in Operation OPSON. The fifth edition of Operation OPSON carried out between November 2015 to February 2016 led to the seizure of more than 10,000 tons of illicit food and beverage products which was participated by 57 countries from Africa, America, Asia, Europe, and Middle-East. Food fraud is a global phenomenon which needs to be addressed globally.

 
DATA PROTECTION OFFICER COURSE AND ROUNDTABLE SESSION IN WOMEN POLICING

On October 3-13, 2016, PCTC attended the training course which was held at INTERPOL Global Complex in Singapore. The two-week training session includes one-day Roundtable Session in Women in Policing. The course is to ensure the users of the INTERPOL Information System observe the INTERPOL Rules on the Processing of Data particularly to the quality and compliance of the data they enter in the system and the use of data consulted. It is being developed within the framework of the INTERPOL Capacity Building Programme on improving Counter-Terrorism and International Collaboration in ASEAN Member States, which is jointly funded by INTERPOL and the Government of Canada. The course was attended by representatives from Cambodia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam.

The following training objectives were achieved upon completion:
  
- Enhance the awareness and usage of INTERPOL’s policing capabilities;
  
- Understand INTERPOL’s procedures to ensure compliant data processing operations;
  
- Establish adequate practices and control mechanism;
  
- Develop instructional skills to enable participants to share their knowledge upon returning to their respective administration; and
  
- Build connections with other ASEAN Police Force and to establish networks in order to increase international police cooperation.