A United States anti-narcotics and law enforcement official will visit Manila from September 1 to 4 to strengthen the US and Philippines’ partnership in addressing the crime and drug problems.
Ambassador William Brownfield, the assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement, will meet various Philippine government leaders, law enforcement officials and nongovernment organizations during his visit.
A statement from the US Embassy in Manila said Wednesday Brownfiled will also visit the Palawan Law Enforcement Training Center “to observe maritime law enforcement programs with the Philippine National Police’s Maritime Group Special Boat Unit.”
Brownfield has been with the bureau since 2011. He is responsible for State Department programs for combating illicit drugs and organized crimes.
Before he was appointed assistant secretary, Brownfield was ambassador to Colombia from 2007 to 2010, to Venezuela from 2004 to 2007 and to Chile from 2002 to 2004.
He also served overseas in Venezuela, El Salvador, Argentina, Switzerland, and Panama as temporary political adviser to the US Southern Command.
BERNICE CAMILLE V. BAUZON