NEW YORK – Secretary Hermogenes C. Esperon, Jr., National Security Adviser and Director-General of the National Security Council, met with H.E. Mr. Vladimir Voronkov, Under-Secretary-General of United Nations Office of Counter-Terrorism (UNOCT), at the sidelines of the first High-level Conference of the Heads of Counter-Terrorism Agencies of Member States on 28-29 June 2018 at UN Headquarters, New York.
Secretary Esperon and Under-Secretary-General Voronkov discussed Philippine-UN cooperation on counter-terrorism, particularly on capacity-building to address the threat of foreign terrorist fighters.
Secretary Esperon also briefed Under-Secretary-General Voronkov on the government’s continuing operations in Marawi, highlighting that the government has allocated $1.5B for the rebuilding.
He also informed USG Voronkov of the government’s efforts to combat the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People's Army (CPP-NPA), which it has declared as a terrorist organization.
Under-Secretary-General Voronkov expressed his support for PH and noted PH’s active participation in UNOCT’s counter-terrorism programmes.