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PH Shares Successes in Fight vs.Terrorism, Drug Trafficking

The Philippines has shared its successes in the fight against terrorism following reports that certain terrorist group might regroup in other regions, particularly Southeast Asia, following their defeat in Iraq and Syria.

National Security Council Deputy Director General Vicente Agdamag said the government was committed to putting an end to local terrorism, including drug trafficking,  when he spoke at the 9th International Meeting of High-Level Officials Responsible for Security Matters held in Sochi, Russia April 24 to 28, 2018.

The meeting was attended by top officials of national security councils and law enforcement agencies. More than 100 countries sent representatives to Sochi this year to exchange views on strategic issues and transnational threats, particularly terrorism, drug trafficking, and cybersecurity.

Agdamag said Philippine security forces thwarted the establishment of an Islamic State wilayat (province) in Southeast Asia after a five-month battle against the ISIL-linked Maute group and Abu Sayyaf Group in Mindanao last year.

On the other hand, the government’s comprehensive approach to combatting drug trafficking, combining law enforcement and public health strategies has yielded positive results, he said.

Agdamag said from July 2016 to February 2018, about 1.3 million individuals surrendered to the police and are currently undergoing rehabilitation. A total of 14,046 drug users and pushers have received technical and livelihood training.

Third Secretary and Vice Consul Luningning Camoying of the Philippine Embassy and May Haydee Fatima Serona, National Security Research Specialist of the National Security Council joined Agdamag in the meeting.#