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ASEAN vows stronger ties vs transnational crimes

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Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) leaders on Thursday assured that they will collectively strive to prevent and combat transnational crime through stronger cross-pillar and cross-sectoral cooperation in the post coronavirus disease-2019 (Covid-19) era.

According to Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Eduardo M. Año, ASEAN members saw the need for law enforcement officials of the region to be more vigilant, adaptable and flexible in addressing the new and emerging transnational crime trends in the post-Covid-19 landscape.

Año attended the virtual meeting of the 15th ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Transnational Crime.

“Let us continue to strengthen our bonds and unite our actions in addressing all forms of transnational crimes. Let us remain committed to realizing our overarching vision of a united ASEAN where its peoples can proudly proclaim that we care, we prepare, we prosper,” he added.

The DILG chief added that the continued prevalence of the Covid-19 pandemic has presented new challenges in how ASEAN member countries conduct their affairs.

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