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MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte reiterated about the upcoming meeting with Indonesian President Joko Widodo and Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak.
This is to discuss the strengthening of cooperation between the three countries against terrorism
“To formalize an agreement, we have to meet face to face and agree on an agenda for the talks,” said President Duterte during an interview with the press in Davao City.
The meeting aims to strengthen the initial agreement of the three nations in having a joint task force to fight terrorism and other transnational crimes.
The president wants to open the Philippine borders to security forces of Malaysia and Indonesia if needed.
“Kung may hinahabol kami, tapos sabihin, malakas ‘yan, wala nang panahon, tirahin mo na lang siya. Even if it’s a Filipino, sabihin mo doon sa [inaudible], “Tirahin mo na.” or Indonesian dito (If we are running after (terrorists), then they say these are strong and we lack the time, just hit on them. Even if it’s Filipino…or Indonesian here (in the Philippines),” he said.
President Duterte warned recently on terrorists’ next possible targets such as Davao, Zamboanga and even Manila.
This is why the government is also strengthening the capacity of the military and police.
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