PNP to Host 34th ASEANAPOL

QUEZON CITY, Philippines - The Philippine National Police (PNP) will host next year's meeting of top police officials representing each country-member of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), the PNP spokesman revealed on Monday.

Chief Superintendent Generoso Cerbo Jr., PNP spokesman, said the PNP's hosting of the 34th ASEANAPOL Conference in Manila was announced during the groups' meeting last week in Thailand.

ASEANAPOL stands for ASEAN Association of Chiefs of Police.

"The hosting of the (conference by the) PNP was approved through a Joint Communique ratified at the 33rd ASEANAPOL Conference in Pattaya, Thailand last week," said Cerbo.

The PNP last hosted the 23rd ASEANAPOL conference in Manila in September, 2003.

"This will be a great honor for the PNP to host the annual international event and a wonderful opportunity for the country to open its doors to our ASEAN neighbors and showcase the country's pride of more fun in the Philippines," said Cerbo.

The Philippines is a founding member of the ASEANAPOL which held its first conference in Manila in 1981 and has since been holding annual conferences in other ASEAN-member nations.

Aside from the PNP, other national police agencies represented in the ASEANAPOL are the Royal Brunei Police Force, Cambodian National Police Force, Indonesian National Police, Myanmar Police Force, Singapore Police Force, Socialist Republic of Vietnam Police, Royal Thai Police, Royal Malaysia Police, and Lao People's Democratic Republic Police Force.

Also invited to attend the annual ASEANAPOL Conferences are observer delegations from the ASEAN Secretariat, ICPO-Interpol, Australian Federal Police, National Police Agency of Japan, New Zealand Police, Ministry of Public Security of the People's Republic of China, and the National Police Agency of the Republic of Korea, and Timor Leste.

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