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19 November 2017 - 2 Kislev 5778 - ב' כסלו ה' אלפים תשע"ח
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Philippines, Israel eye anti-drugs pact E-mail
The Philippines and Israel are moving closer to forging a bilateral agreement on cooperation in curbing illegal drugs.

In a meeting on 18 May in Tel Aviv, Philippine Ambassador to Israel Neal Imperial and Israel’s Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan acknowledged that the proliferation of illegal drugs is a serious threat to society and agreed that co-operation between the Philippines and Israel is essential to combat drug abuse and trafficking across borders.

Minister Erdan, a key member of Israel’s Security Cabinet, also welcomed the Philippine proposal for bilateral co-operation to combat illegal drugs as a transnational crime, with the signing of a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) due to take place in the near future.

The scope of the agreement includes co-operation through the exchange of information on pertinent laws and matters relative to the investigation of drug offences, such as the methods used for the transfer, concealment or disguise of illegal drugs, drug trafficking routes, and modus operandi by persons and organisations to smuggle and sell prohibited drugs. The agreement also covers the adoption of measures or programmes on the prevention of trafficking and use of illegal drugs, the rehabilitation of users, and other forms of bilateral co-operation.

Ambassador Imperial shared that a growing number of Filipinos in Israel have been arrested or convicted for involvement in the illegal drug trade. According to reports, illegal substances/drugs are sent to Israel from the Philippines hidden in parcels that have been intercepted by Israeli authorities. Filipino workers in Israel have been used as drug conduits, acting, wittingly or unwittingly, as recipients of these parcels with concealed drugs. This modus operandi prompted the Embassy to issue several advisories to the Filipino community in the past three years, reminding them not to engage in the illegal drug trade.
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