- President Rodrigo Duterte said that the Philippines will collaborate with Malaysia and Indonesia to pursue the terrorist group Abu Sayyaf
- Duterte said that he has already discussed the matter with Indonesian President Joko Widodo
- The Philippine president is set to visit Kuala Lumpur next week and will discuss the issue with Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak
Due to the kidnappings and hijackings involving the terrorist group Abu Sayyaf, the Philippines, Malaysia, and Indonesia will collaborate to pursue the bandit according to President Rodrigo Duterte.
President Duterte said that all three countries are in need of strengthening the border patrol which lead to the joining of forces among involved countries in order to prevent the kidnappings involving the international terrorist group.
“We are looking into who are with the Abu Sayyaf other than the Filipinos. There could be foreigners with the group,” Duterte said.
The Crown Prince of Malaysia’s state of Perlis and the Commander of the 504th Regiment of the Malaysian Territorial Army, Brig. Gen. Tuanku Syed Faizuddin Putra Syed Sirajuddin Jamalullail stated that there will be a possible collaboration between the Malaysia’s Reserved Officers Training Unit and the Armed Forces of the Philippines Reserved Command (AFPRescom).
Faizuddin said during his visit in Camp Aguinaldo:
“It is significant for both countries to work out avenues or areas for future engagements as well as keeping in touch through various medium available, either via informal or formal means.”
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Duterte said that he will be discussing the matter with the Prime Minister of Malaysia, Najib Razak, on his visit in Kuala Lumpur next week. The president also said that he has already discussed the issue with Indonesian President Joko Widodo where the two leaders have agreed to strengthen the border cooperation. Duterte stated:
“We are going to jointly address this problem of piracy in the seas together with Indonesia and Malaysia by conducting joint border patrols in going after the Abu Sayyaf."
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