ASEAN ministers discuss measures to address transnational crimes


MANILA, Philippines — Transnational crimes are criminal acts that expand from one country to another.

One of the highlights in Tuesday’s meeting is the second special ASEAN ministerial meeting on the rise of radicalization and violent extremism.

Violent extremism is an ideology with an aim to harm people for political, religious, or economic gain. An example of a group with a violent extremist ideology is the Maute terror group in Marawi City.

“We are fully aware that some cross boarder issues induce threats to our constituents. The looming rise of radicalization prompts an immediate need to collaborate with our neighboring nations to counter act this threat,” said DILG OIC Usec. Catalino Cuy.

ASEAN ministers shared their countries’ experiences, views, and approach to address the issue on violent extremism.

The Philippines has been active in advancing ways on how to fight transnational crime.

Transnational crimes include terrorism, illegal drugs, human trafficking, arms smuggling, money laundering, and cyber crime, among others.

Aside from ASEAN member countries, officials from China, Japan and South Korea also pparticipated in the ministers’ meeting. — Mon Jocson | UNTV News & Rescue

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