Published March 30, 2023
On March 30, 2023, the International Law Enforcement Academy (ILEA) Bangkok in partnership with the U.S. Embassy Manila and the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) hosted its first Alumni Networking Event in Quezon City, Philippines. The event was attended by 150 guests from various law enforcement agencies in the country, including the Philippine National Police (PNP), National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC), Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), Supreme Court of the Philippines, Philippine Coast Guard (PCG), and many others.
The Republic of the Philippines has been a member of ILEA Bangkok since 1999 and currently has over 2,000 Filipino alumni across the country. At the event, guests were welcomed by the ILEA Team, led by ILEA Deputy Director Kyle Rego, and Police Colonel Panarat Norasee from the Royal Thai Police. The opening remarks were delivered by Ambassador MaryKay L. Carlson, U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines.
Ambassador Carlson and ILEA Deputy Director Kyle Rego
Ambassador Carlson highlighted the successes of ILEA alumni, including Investigator Rizaldy Jacinto Rivera from the National Bureau of Investigation. Rivera played a crucial role in an investigation with the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) on "The Big Boss" Paul Leroux and his mercenaries, a notorious criminal syndicate leader. The charges against the syndicate included murder, money laundering, organized crime, drug, and firearms trafficking.
Ambassador Carlson with Rizaldy Jacinto Rivera
The Alumni Networking Event provided an opportunity for alumni to connect with ILEA, other alumni, and representatives from U.S. Federal Agencies in the Philippines. Attendees were also provided with information about the ILEA Global Network (IGN) and Alumni Portal and encouraged to update their profiles and submit their success stories to ILEA.