Philippine National Police calls for greater cooperation with Taiwan

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Manila, Nov. 7 (CNA) Philippine National Police (PNP) spokesman Dionardo Carlos is calling for a stronger partnership with Taiwan's law enforcement in the fight against cross-border crime, according to the Tuesday edition of the Philippines' United Daily News.

In an interview in the newspaper, Carlos said the PNP would like to see closer cooperation with Taiwan's Ministry of Justice Investigation Bureau (MJIB) to combat crimes involving drugs, internet ransomware, and human trafficking.

While Carlos did not go into detail about the potential cooperation programs, he promised an open channel of communication between the PNP and the MJIB, according to the paper.

The interview was published shortly after Carlos returned from a four-day visit to Taiwan during which he reportedly met with MJIB Deputy Director General Lin Ling-lan (林玲蘭) to discuss anti-narcotic campaigns in the Philippines.

During the meeting, Carlos cited figures from the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), which indicated that 1.09 million Filipinos were apprehended during the PNP's crackdown on drug crimes in the period July 1 to Sept. 30.

Furthermore, 3,850 drug suspects, 82 police officers and 3 soldiers lost their lives during the crackdown, he said.

Carlos' visit to Taiwan Nov. 2-5 came nearly a month after Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte suspended his controversial war on drugs.

In early October, Duterte ordered the country's police to disband the anti-drug units and cease Operation Double Barrel, a campaign that targeted high-level dealers and street pushers.

The decision left the PDEA as the sole government agency responsible for any anti-drug campaigns and operations.

(By Emerson Lim and Kuan-lin Liu)
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