German ambassador visits PRO1

CAMP BGEN OSCAR M FLORENDO — His Excellency Christian-Ludwig Weber Lortsch, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to the Philippines, arrived here at Police Regional Office 1(PRO1) yesterday afternoon for a three-day visit.

Police Chief Superintendent Franklin Jesus B. Bucayu, PRO1 Regional Director, led his officers and men in welcoming Ambassador Lortsch with traditional arrival honors ceremony.  Mr. Paul G. Schafer, Resident Representative to the Philippines of the Hanns Seidel Foundation, accompanied Ambassador Lortsch.

Shortly thereafter, an information briefing with PRO1 key personnel was held at the Masigasig Center, followed by an open forum.  Topics discussed included statistics on crime committed under the influence of liquor, scholarship/training grants offered by the German government, situation of German nationals residing in Region 1, and updates on human rights situation.

In his message, Ambassador Lortsch expressed his gratitude to the officers, men and women of PRO1 for the warm welcome, and emphasized the important role of the police in the promotion and protection of human rights.

In the afternoon of June 29, at the PRO1 parade grounds, Ambassador Lortsch and party witnessed a field demonstration of simulated police operations (sniper firing, civil disturbance management, close quarter battle, EOD operations, SOCO investigation) presented by various police units spearheaded by the 1st Regional Public Safety Battalion (RPSB).

After the field demonstration, the ambassador had a dialogue/fellowship meeting with members of various Region 1 civil society organizations at the Concord Building here.

Later in the evening, Ambassador Lortsch met and had dinner with German nationals residing in the region at the Final Option Resort in San Juan town, La Union.

The visit of Ambassador Lortsch, a well-known champion of human rights, was upon the invitation of PCSupt Bucayu, himself a staunch human rights advocate.#