Duterte calls on close cooperation to combat terrorism and drugs

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday (Nov 13) urged his fellow Asean leaders and its dialogue partners to help in tackling terrorism, illicit drugs and in maintaining peace and stability in Southeast Asian region, according to The Manila Times Online on Tuesday.

In his opening speech for the 31st Asean Summit held at the Cultural Centre of the Philippines in Pasay City, Duterte warned that terrorism and illicit drugs pose a real menace to peace and stability of the region.

He said he expected the next two days would provide an excellent opportunity for the Asean leaders and their dialogue partners to engage in meaningful discussion on matters of regional and international importance such as terrorism and violent extremism, citing the siege of Marawi City by the IS-linked Maute terrorists.

During the speech, he thanked Asean countries and other world leaders for extending help in the fight against the terrorists in Marawi City.

Duterte also said that piracy and armed robbery in the seas “put a dent on our growth and disrupt the stability of both regional and global commerce.”

He announced that Asean member countries have come to an agreement on the protection and promotion of the rights of migrant workers.