Dela Rosa flies to Beijing for Interpol talks, will raise war on drugs

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Dela Rosa flies to Beijing for Interpol talks, will raise war on drugs
PNP Chief Ronald dela Rosa will be in China from September 26 to 29 for talks on transnational crimes with top police officials from other countries

MANILA, Philippines – Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Ronald dela Rosa is set to attend the International Police Organization (Interpol) general assembly in Beijing, China from September 26 to 29, the PNP announced Monday, September 25. Dela Rosa flew to Beijing Monday morning.

The Interpol conference is an annual meeting of top police officials of countries worldwide to discuss transnational crimes and discuss lessons in promoting public safety.

According to PNP spokesperson Chief Superintendent Dionardo Carlos, Dela Rosa will maximize his time in China by talking with other top cops on how to improve the PNP’s unrelenting war on drugs.

“The PNP will take advantage of the general assembly to be able to give with counterparts, and the partners also, in the different thrusts of the Philippine National Police particularly on drugs, illegal drugs, illicit drugs, best practices against criminality and the anti-corruption networks,” Carlos told reporters in a press briefing.

The PNP’s own war on crime and drugs has achieved so much but has also been criticized for a succession of questionable killings linked to apparent irregularities in police operations. (READ: The Impunity Series)

Under the first year of President Rodrigo Duterte, all crimes dropped in the Philippines, save for killings. (READ: Except for killings, all crimes drop in Duterte’s 1st year)

For the campaign against illegal drugs, the PNP has confiscated at least 1,680 kilograms of shabu worth around P8.4 billion.

According to a Reuters report, China is poised to focus the agenda of the meetings on terrorism and corruption — problems the Philippines is already familiar with, as the nation has been at war with Islamic State (IS)-inspired homegrown terrorists since May.

Dela Rosa is expected to provide updates on the meetings in October after he comes back. – Rappler.coma

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Rambo Talabong

Rambo Talabong covers the House of Representatives and local governments for Rappler. Prior to this, he covered security and crime. He was named Jaime V. Ongpin Fellow in 2019 for his reporting on President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs. In 2021, he was selected as a journalism fellow by the Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics.