US to assist PH gov’t on terrorism battle

The United States has expressed openness to strengthen counterterrorism fight of the Bureau of Immigration (BI).

US Department of Homeland Security Undersecretary for Intelligence and Analysis David Glawe vowed to Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II and BI Commissioner Jaime Morente that they would assist the Philippine government in its battle against terrorists.

Aguirre noted the world is facing a global war to eradicate terrorism, and this team up with the US was a good move “to work closely with our allies and maintain good working relations with them as we share knowledge and resources for the eradication of a borderless menace.”

Glawe said the US is willing to bolster the Philippine operations through advanced passenger information sharing, intelligence sharing, and sharing of databases on blacklisted and watchlisted terrorists.

The BI personnel would also be provided with trainings on Biometric Screening, Fraudulent Document Training, and internet/social media monitoring.

Aside from the US, the agency said the Australian government has also been extending its help by providing training on anti-terrorism and document fraud detection.

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