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Sri Lanka president’s visit to PNP, ‘fruitful, productive’ — Albayalde

By: - Reporter / @CMarquezINQ
/ 01:33 PM January 19, 2019
Sri Lanka president’s visit to PNP, 'fruitful, productive’ -- Albayalde

Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena poses with officials of the Philippine National Police, headed by its chief Director Gen. Oscar Albayalde, and Interior Secretary Eduardo Año. INQUIRER.net photo / Ryan Leagogo

MANILA, Philippines — The visit of Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena in the Philippine National Police (PNP) headquarters was “fruitful and productive,” PNP Chief Director General Oscar Albayalde said on Saturday.

Albayalde noted that during the discussion on the Philippine drug war, Sirisena said the drug problem in the Philippines was also the same problem of Sri Lanka.

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Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena in Camp Crame. INQUIRER.net photo / Ryan Leagogo

“It was very fruitful and very productive. I think sila mismo narealize pareho yung problema nila sa atin. ‘Di lang natin alam ang Sri Lanka kung ano [exactly] problema nila sa illegal drugs,” Albayalde told reporters after the PNP program during Sirisena’s visit.

(They themselves realized that their problem is the same as ours. We’re not just sure what exactly their problem is on illegal drugs.)

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Albayalde added that Sirisena was appreciative on the PNP’s presentation about the government’s program on curbing illegal drugs in the Philippines.

“But very appreciative yung presidente ng Sri Lanka dun sa prinesent at nakita at sabi nga yung whole government sa illegal drugs kaya nga sabi nila magandang gayahin daw ito,” Albayalde said.

(The Sri Lankan president is very appreciative of what we presented and he said it is nice to emulate.)

Sirisena also asked about modern techniques and equipment used for detecting illegal drugs, Albayalde said.

“I think nagtanong sila kung paano modern techniques and equipment to detect illegal drugs particularly sa ports,” he said.

(I think they asked what are the modern techniques and equipment to detect illegal drugs particularly in ports.)

Albayalde then said there was no formal collaboration yet with Sri Lanka but “information sharing” about drug war already happened in the past.

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Sirisena approved President Rodrigo Duterte’s crackdown on illegal drugs, saying it was an “example” to the world.

The Sri Lankan leader previously expressed his support to the Philippines’ anti-drug war, saying the Sri Lankan government would start executing drug criminals. /jpv

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