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Philippines 2016: Confronting the Drug Problem

Keynote – Assistant Secretary for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement William Brownfield

Monday, December 12, 2016

8:45 am – 12:30 pm

The new Philippine government’s domestic agenda addresses the challenges posed by illegal drugs, crime, and corruption. Please join us as experts offer perspectives, projections, and an overview of the Duterte Administration’s policies on fostering public health approaches and a national rehabilitation program. 

Keynote Speaker:

Ambassador William R. Brownfield

Assistant Secretary, International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs Bureau

Message from Manila:

Paulyn B. Rosell-Ubial, M.D.

Secretary of the Philippine Department of Health


Rommel L. Garcia, M.D.

Undersecretary, Permanent Member of Dangerous Drug Board

 Leonardo Estacio, Ph.D., MPH

INVEST/CTN Fellow,  Alcohol and Drug Abuse Institute

J. Randy Koch, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Humphrey Fellowship Program, Virginia Commonwealth University 

Johns Hopkins University SAIS, Rome Building Auditorium, Room 100
1619 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C

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Open to US-Philippines Society members, Affiliates, SAIS Faculty, Students, and Academic Community, and guests

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The Southeast Asia Studies Program | Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS)
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Participants’ Bios:

Assistant Secretary, International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs Bureau

Ambassador Brownfield was sworn in as Assistant Secretary for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) on January 10, 2011. As Assistant Secretary for INL, he is responsible for State Department programs combating illicit drugs and organized crime, as well as support for law enforcement and rule of law. INL currently manages a portfolio of more than $4 billion in more than 80 countries administered by 5000 employees and contractors.

Prior to his appointment, Ambassador Brownfield served as U.S. Ambassador to Colombia from 2007 to 2010. Prior to that, he served as U.S. Ambassador to Venezuela (2004-07) and U.S. Ambassador to Chile (2002-04). He has also served overseas in Venezuela, El Salvador, Argentina, Switzerland, and Panama as temporary Political Adviser to the U.S. Southern Command.

In Washington his jobs have included Deputy Assistant Secretary for Western Hemisphere Affairs, Deputy Assistant Secretary for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement, Director for Policy and Coordination in INL, Executive Assistant to the Bureau of Inter-American Affairs, Member of the Secretary’s Policy Planning Staff, and Special Assistant to the Under Secretary for Political Affairs.

Ambassador Brownfield holds the personal rank of Career Ambassador, the highest rank in the U.S. Foreign Service. He has received the Secretary of State’s Distinguished Service Award and the Presidential Performance Award three times. Ambassador Brownfield is a graduate of Cornell University (1974) and the National War College (1993). He attended the University of Texas School of Law (1976-78). He speaks Spanish and French. He is a native of the State of Texas. 

Secretary of the Philippine Department of Health

Dr. Rosell-Ubial has served public office for 27 years and has been under 13 health secretaries. She literally rose from the ranks, starting from volunteer health worker in Kidapawan, up to the position of Assistant Secretary and Deputy Head for the office of health regulations. Her vast experience in the country’s health conditions have led her to be a leader and champion of “Kalusugang Pangkalahatan”, with advocacies in mental health, women and children’s health, and tobacco control, among others.

Her extensive career in the Department of Health has led her to numerous notable designations, such the founding program manager of the “Sentrong Sigla” movement, the quality assurance program of the DOH, and the founding manager of the Women’s Health and Development program in the DOH. With her expertise in Women’s Health, she was also named as the DOH Gender and Development focal person.
Co-Chair, US-Philippines Society

Ambassador Negroponte, Vice Chairman, joined McLarty Associates in 2009, following a distinguished career in diplomacy and national security.

Ambassador Negroponte held government positions abroad and in Washington between 1960 and 1997 and again from 2001 to 2008. Since 2009, Ambassador Negroponte has also been the Brady Johnson Distinguished Fellow in Grand Strategy and Senior Lecturer in International Affairs at the Jackson Institute of Yale University, his alma mater.

He has been Ambassador to Honduras, Mexico, the Philippines, the United Nations, and Iraq. In Washington he served twice on the National Security Council staff, first as Director for Vietnam in the Nixon Administration and then as Deputy National Security Advisor under President Reagan. He has also held a cabinet level position as the first Director of National Intelligence under President George W. Bush. His most recent position in government was as Deputy Secretary of State, where he served as the State Department’s Chief Operating Officer.

While in the private sector from 1997 to 2001, Ambassador Negroponte was Executive Vice President of the McGraw-Hill Companies, with responsibility for overseeing the company’s international activities. During those years he was also Chairman of the French-American Foundation. Ambassador Negroponte serves as Chairman of the Council of the Americas/Americas Society. He is also Cochairman of the US-Philippines Society and a member of the Secretary of State’s Foreign Affairs Policy Board. Since 2013, he has been Chairman of the Intelligence and National Security Alliance.

Ambassador Negroponte has received numerous awards in recognition of his more than four decades of public service, including the State Department’s Distinguished Service Medal on two separate occasions, the highest award which can be conferred by the Secretary of State, and on January 16, 2009, President Bush awarded Ambassador Negroponte the National Security Medal for his outstanding contributions to US national security.

Chargé d’Affairés, a.i. of the Embassy of the Republic of the Philippines in Washington D.C. (since June 30, 2016)

Prior to his current posting in Washington D.C., Mr. Chuasoto served as a Special Assistant in the Office of the Secretary of Foreign Affairs from 2009 to 2014.

Mr. Chuasoto was previously assigned to the Permanent Mission of the Philippines to the United Nations in New York where he held several positions in various United Nations bodies.

Mr. Chuasoto was Alternate Representative to the United Nations Security Council during the Philippines’ membership in 2004-2005. In 2008, he was elected as Chairman of the Committee on Conferences. He is the first and only Filipino diplomat to hold the post. Mr. Chuasoto was elected Rapporteur of the Fifth Committee (Administrative and Budget) for the 63rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly (2008-2009). He is only the fourth Filipino diplomat to have the distinction of being elected to serve in this powerful committee.

Mr. Chuasoto was conferred the Gawad Mabini Award with the Rank of Commander during the 115th DFA Foundation Day celebration on 31 July 2013.

He graduated cum laude from the Ateneo De Manila University with a Bachelor of Science degree Major in Management, Honors Program. He has a Diploma in Trade and Commercial Diplomacy from the Foreign Service Institute and masteral units in International Studies from the University of the Philippines. Mr. Chuasoto also completed the Strategic Management and Leadership Program for Career Ministers conducted by Asian Institute of Management.

Undersecretary, Permanent Member, Dangerous Drugs Board

Dr. Rommel Garcia, an anti-drug advocate, is a graduate of Doctor of Medicine and Surgery at the University of Santo Tomas and holds a Master’s degree in Public Management.

He is one of the pioneers among the Dangerous Drugs Board accredited physicians trained to diagnose, treat and manage drug dependents and became one of the founding fellows of the Philippine College of Addiction Medicine (PCAM).

His anti-drug advocacy started when as a Rural Health Physician in Angeles City, Pampanga, he organized various medical missions including those where he lectured on the evils of drug abuse in the different schools and barangays in Region III. As Center Director of the oldest drug rehabilitation center in Central Luzon, he managed rehabilitation of more than 700 drug dependents and served more than 3,000 drug abusers including mentally ill chemical abusers for the period 1995 – 1998. He also was Medical Consultant of the Central Luzon Regional Drug Rehabilitation Center in Pampanga, one of the country’s biggest rehabilitation center with a capacity of 1,500.

He was appointed by the Office of the President, as Permanent Board Member of the Dangerous Drugs Board, the highest policy-making and strategy-formulating body in the country in the planning and formulation of policies and programs on drug prevention and control.


Anthropologist, social development and public health expert, is a professor at the Department of Behavioral Sciences and currently the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, University of the Philippines- Manila. He completed his PhD in anthropology and master in community development degrees at UP Diliman and his master in public health degree at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, USA and did post-doctoral research on drug abuse at University of Washington, Seattle, USA.


He trained in drug abuse research at Johns Hopkins University as a Hubert Humphrey Fellow in 1998-1999 and was a visiting scientist for a year at the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, USA in 2009 to 2010 as a recipient of the International Visiting Scientists and Technical Exchange Program Clinical Trials Network (NIDA-INVEST- CTN) Research Fellowship Program of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, National Institutes of Health, USA.

Prof. Estacio has provided technical advise and training services to various UN agencies such as the UNODC, ILO, UNICEF, UNESCAP as an international research and training consultant in social development and community-based drug demand reduction. Apart from being awarded as an outstanding teacher by his college, he has also been a recipient of the chancellor’s award for exemplary extension work (at the local and international levels).

His current research interests include studies on drug abuse and behavioral health among young populations, social health insurance benefit packages, community-managed health programs, delivery of health services to geographically isolated and disadvantaged areas, violence against children, sexual exploitation of children online, among others.

Prof. Estacio is a strong advocate of community-managed drug prevention, treatment and control. In 2000, he and his colleagues established a non-government organization, the Addictus-Philippines Inc. now renamed Addictus Research and Intervention Center Inc., to assist the Philippine government in drug demand reduction work by working with families and communities and local and international partners in reducing drug use among young people in urban communities in the Philippines. Currently, he leads a group of behavioral scientists and seasoned community volunteer workers in the Philippines in developing and testing community-based treatment interventions in 2 selected communities in Metro-Manila as a response to the current surge of voluntary surrender of thousands of drug users and street pushers across the country.

Associate Professor, Humphrey Fellowship Program, Virginia Commonwealth University

Dr. Koch is an associate professor in the Department of Psychology at Virginia Commonwealth University. Dr. Koch earned his doctorate in community psychology from Michigan State University in 1985. Prior to joining VCU in 2003, he was the Director of Research and Evaluation for the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services, a position he held since 1989.  In this position, he was responsible for evaluating publicly-funded behavioral healthcare services in Virginia as well as conducting a wide range of policy studies.

Since joining VCU, his research interests have focused primarily on the prevention of youth tobacco use and methods for improving the quality of substance abuse services, both within the US and in other countries, especially program performance and outcome measurement. Among his current responsibilities, he is a co-investigator for the Center for the Study of Tobacco Products, an FDA-funded tobacco center of regulatory science; he is a Co-PI for the Virginia Youth Tobacco Projects, a statewide, multi-university research program on the causes and prevention of youth tobacco use; and he is the director of the VCU Humphrey Fellowship Program on Substance Abuse Prevention, Treatment and Policy that brings mid-career professionals from low and middle-income countries to VCU for advanced leadership and technical training.


President, US-Philippines Society

Ambassador (ret.) John F. Maisto is a thirty-three year former career member of the U.S. Foreign Service. He was Ambassador to Venezuela (1997-2000), Nicaragua (1993-1996), and the Organization of American States (2003-2006). He was Senior Director for the Western Hemisphere at the National Security Council and, concurrently, Special Assistant to the President, 2001 to 2003. He was Foreign Policy Adviser at the U.S. Southern Command, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Central America, and he served in Argentina, Bolivia, Costa Rica, Panama, and the Philippines. His Philippine service was in Manila as Political Officer (1978 to 1982), and at the State Department as Deputy Director and then Director of Philippine Affairs (1982-1986), during the People Power transition to democracy.

He is currently President of the US-Philippines Society and a Director of the Miami-based U.S. Education Finance Group and of the Washington-based International Student Exchange Program (ISEP). He is a Director of ECI, a Central America-based resort and retirement company. He is also a Consultant on Global Affairs at Arizona State University, and member of the Board of Advisors of the American Committees on Foreign Relations (ACFR) in Washington. He writes and speaks on U.S. foreign policy; trade, investment and growth; democratic transitions; regional issues; security and defense matters; and international education.

A graduate of Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, he has a Master’s Degree in Latin American History from San Carlos University, Guatemala.  He is married to Maria Consuelo Gaston of Manapla, Negros Occidental in the Philippines. 

Practitioner-in-Residence, Southeast Asia Studies Program, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies

Former deputy national security adviser to the vice president, chief of Policy at the US Pacific Command, and deputy director for Policy Planning (East Asia and Pacific) in the Office of the US Secretary of Defense, Colonel, USAF (Ret.). 

Professor Wise held various positions in the US intelligence community; retired US Air Force colonel; adviser to the Hart-Rudman Commission on National Security in the 21st Century, the National Commission on Terrorism and the Deutch Commission on the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction; president of The Sorrento Group, a defense and foreign affairs consulting firm; MA, American studies, University of Hawaii.
Executive Director, US-Philippines Society

Hank Hendrickson helped launched the US-Philippines Society in May 2012. Hank is a former U.S. Foreign Service Officer, with postings in East Asia (Philippines, Thailand, Singapore, and Korea), Europe and the Middle East. He joined the State Department in 1974. 

During his postings to Asia, Hendrickson spent two tours in the Philippines, as a political officer (1979-83) and Counselor for Political Affairs (1995-97). Prior to joining the Foreign Service, he was a commissioned officer in the Navy.

Hank graduated from Bucknell (BA) and holds a master’s degree from Georgetown University (MSFS). He is married to Ambassador (ret) Anne Derse; they have four adult children.

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