As crime is increasingly moving into the cyberspace, any type of criminal activity may nowadays entail evidence in electronic form. Securing such evidence to bring offenders to justice is a major challenge as it may be stored on servers in foreign, multiple or unknown jurisdictions that are “somewhere in the cloud”.
The European Union and the Council of Europe, through the joint project on Global Action on Cybercrime Extended (GLACY+), are working with countries worldwide to develop sustainable training programmes on cybercrime and electronic evidence, both for the judiciary and for the law enforcement. The Philippines has been one of the priority countries of this capacity building initiative since 2014, benefitting from training courses, legislative advice and exposure to regional and internati
In the opening of this regional training, Philippines Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said: “Crime and criminals respect no state boundaries. In this virtual and interconnected world, our collective defense against cybercriminals and cybercrime is only as strong as our weakest link. […] a critical mass of trainers is necessary if we are to establish a web of experts that can contain, neutralize and protect our entire region from the pernicious effects of cybercrime.”
The economic and social impact of cybercrime in the region is huge and has been widely acknowledged, including through the ASEAN Declaration to Prevent and Combat Cybercrime that was adopted in Manila on 13 November 2017.
EU Ambassador Franz Jessen, congratulating the Philippines for its achievements, also called on the other ASEAN countries: "Become ambassadors for the Budapest Convention on Cybercrime in your countries so that we can see more ASEAN countries acceding the Budapest Convention on Cybercrime in the future, resulting in an easier common fight against cybercrime by having this convention as a common tool".