PCOO Photo/ Karl Normal Alonzo
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.
It is the 105th day since conflict in Marawi City started and the chief executive said the retaking of the whole city against terrorists is at its end. — Rosalie Coz | UNTV News & Rescue
Duterte supporters submit petition to create a revolutionary gov’t
DILG Undersecretary Martin Diño
DAVAO CITY, Philippines – Various groups of supporters of President Rodrigo Duterte submitted to the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) a signed petition seeking for the creation of a revolutionary government.
Over 33 million signatures from 42,000 barangays across the Philippines were attached to the petition. It calls on the government to expedite the approval of proposed amendments to the Constitution.
“Kung baguhin ang takbo Pilipinas siguro isa itong tulong na para maisolba ang lahat ng problema ng ating bayan,” said Princess Maricar Matalam, officer of the group Pagbabago at Karapatan ng Womens Power Mindanao.
(Changing the way how the Philippines is run may help resolve all the problems that it is currently facing.)
DILG Undersecretary Martin Diño said the signature campaign showed strong support for Congress as it pushes for a proposed shift to federalism.
“Puwede na nating maipadala ito sa Congress para iyong ating mga congressman at senador makita nila na talagang gusto ng mga tao lalong lalo na sa buong Pilipinas na federalism na pagbabago ng sistema ng ating gobyerno, napaka importante nito,” Diño concluded.
(We may now send this to Congress so that the congressmen and senators will see the people’s desire to shift to a federal form of government.) – UNTV News & Rescue
Police seize personal items from home of ousted PM Najib Razak
FILE PHOTO: Malaysia’s Prime Minister Najib Razak arrives to break fast at Saujana Menteri Besar in Malaysia’s southern state of Johor July 3, 2015. REUTERS/Edgar Su
At least a dozen armed policemen entered the home of ousted Prime Minister Najib Razak late on Wednesday.
The lawyer of the former leader confirmed this and said the police seized handbags and few other items from his home in connection with a money laundering investigation.
Witnesses say the search lasted for over six hours during which officers were seen taking large bags into the house and later loading them into a truck.
Malaysian authorities are investigating an alleged multi-billion-dollar scandal at state fund One-Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), which was founded by Najib. — Reuters
Indonesia to maintain anti-terrorism strategy over series of suicide bombing
An Indonesian Special Forces Police counter-terrorism squad member walks by burned motorcycles following a blast at the Pentecost Church Central Surabaya (GPPS), in Surabaya, Indonesia May 13, 2018. REUTERS/Beawiharta
Indonesian police spokesman stressed that Indonesia will never change its anti-terrorism strategy, as four were killed and 10 injured when a suicide bombing hit the police headquarters in East Java, Indonesia on Monday.
An explosion took place at 08:50 local time when the policemen were conducting registration check on two persons. The motorcycle was along with two fellows who were riding on another motorcycle.
All the four suicide bombing attackers were killed, and four policemen and six civilians were injured.
East Java police department, said as the terrorists remain hiding in the shadow while the offices of police departments are open, police could not predict when the terrorists will turn up again. However, police will make all-out efforts to eliminate terrorists.
The explosion at the police headquarters happened after suicide bombings in three churches and an explosion in a flat in the city a day earlier, killing at least 14 people and injuring dozens of others. — Reuters