US anti-narcotics official to arrive in Manila-A A +A
Wednesday, August 28, 2013
A UNITED States anti-narcotics and law enforcement official will visit Manila from September 1 to 4 to strengthen the US-Philippines partnership in addressing various crimes and boosting the country's criminal justice sector.
Ambassador William Brownfield, the assistant secretary of state of the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement, is set to meet various Philippine government leaders, law enforcement officials and nongovernment organizations during his visit.
A statement from the US Embassy in Manila said Wednesday that meeting aims "to address criminal justice sector capacity building, anti-corruption, counter narcotics and police modernization."
Aside from meeting with various government officials, he 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. In his position, he is responsible for State Department programs "combating illicit drugs and organized crimes, as well as support for law enforcement and rule of law."
Before he was appointed as assistant secretary, he was Washington's ambassador to Colombia from 2007 to 2010, to Venezuela from 2004 to 2007 and to Chile from 2002 to 2004.
He has also served overseas in Venezuela, El Salvador, Argentina, Switzerland, and Panama as temporary political adviser to the US Southern Command. (CVB/Sunnex)