- Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert F. del Rosario and United States (US) Ambassador Harry K. Thomas, Jr. signed today Amendment 2 to the Philippine-US Letter of Agreement on Narcotics Control and Law Enforcement at the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) Main Building in Pasay City.
The US is providing US$ 584,000 to the Philippines for increased cooperation against drug trafficking and enhancing investigators’ capacity to handle extrajudicial killings (EJKs).
The Amendment is also aimed at enhancing the skills and increasing the capacity of Philippine law enforcement agencies for conducting successful homicide/extrajudicial killing (EJK) investigations.
Secretary del Rosario hailed the signing as “a testament to the broad range of cooperation between the Philippines and the US” which could not have come at a better time, “especially as drug trafficking has also targeted and victimized many OFWs”.
He also expressed appreciation for the US’ “support to President Aquino’s strong commitment to promote human rights and the rule of law in the Philippines”.
Ambassador Thomas said that the USG “is committed to facing the challenges posed by transnational drug trafficking with the Philippines and continue to be the Philippines’ partner in the protection of human rights and bringing perpetrators of EJKs to justice.”
Two projects will be established by this funding: Counternarcotics-interdiction and Law Enforcement Support.
The projects will be implemented over the next two years, after which time, the receiving agencies would have built sufficient capacity to sustain these initiatives.