Director General Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa, Philippine National Police (PNP) chief, led a three-man team that left the country on Sunday night to attend a conference on counter-terrorism and counter-narcotics exchange conference in Bogota, Colombia, his spokesman said on Tuesday.
Senior Supt. Dionardo Carlos said in a statement that the PNP chief was accompanied by two other PNP officials in attending the six-day long conference in Bogota.
The conference, according to Carlos, was organized by the US State Department and high on its agenda are regional issues and concerns on emerging terrorist threats, including narco-terrorism and transnational drug trafficking.
The PNP spokesman said the Office of Regional Affairs of the US Embassy in the Philippines extended the invitation for the PNP to send a delegation to the international conference.
“I believe that the PNP chief will present what we have been doing here in the government’s war on drugs and probably learn from the conference on how we can improve our ongoing fight versus illegal drugs based on the experience of Colombia or other countries that are conducting campaigns against illegal drugs,” Carlos added.
Accompanying dela Rosa to the Bogota conference are Director Fernando Mendez, head of the PNP Directorate for Personnel Records Management (DPRM) and Senior Supt. Alden Delvo, senior executive assistant.
Carlos said Deputy Director General Francisco Uyami Jr., PNP deputy chief for administration, has been designated as the PNP Officer-in-Charge during the absence of dela Rosa from September 19 to 23.
The PNP spokesman added that Chief Supt. Wilson Caubat was designated as Officer-in-Charge of the DPRM during Mendez’s absence
Carlos said the PNP delegation will return to the country on Saturday.