The Philippines and Indonesia have moved to further strengthen cooperation on regional security issues between the two countries as their national police reaffirmed their respective commitment of cooperation in capacity-building and combating transnational crimes thru a Memorandum of Understanding signed on December 19, 2022 in Camp BGen Rafael T Crame in Quezon City.
A total of thirteen officials from the Indonesian National Police (INP) paid a courtesy call to Philippine National Police Chief General Rodolfo S. Azurin, Jr., to discuss mutual cooperation and promote even stronger Philippines-Indonesia relations to spur domestic economic growth in both countries.
The Indonesian delegates were led by Police Inspector General Moh Abdul Kadir, Deputy Director of Social and Culture, Intelligence Board of INP. The group will stay in the country to conduct bilateral discussion meetings in preparation for the upcoming Joint Committee Meeting for 2023, and to set plans for the joint Maritime Law Enforcement Exercises (MARLEX) in 2023.
“May this undertaking serve as a venue to strengthen our mechanisms for integration and joint civil relations operations towards realization of our aspirations for peace, security, and progress of our nations in the finest ASEAN tradition”, PGen Azurin said.
The high-level visit and bilateral meeting were also attended by the Directors of the PNP Directorate for Intelligence (DI), Directorate for Investigation and Detective Management (DIDM), Directorate for Operations (DO), Directorate for Plans (DPL), Directorate for Police Community Relations (DPCR), Directorate for Human Resource and Doctrine Development (DHRDD), Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG), Maritime Group (MG), Intelligence Group, and the Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA).
“I am optimistic that today’s meeting will keep the Philippines and Indonesian relationship strong, especially in creating effective strategies as partners in making the region a place where there is safety, security, and prosperity for all,” PGen Azurin further added.