Ex­trem­ism, drug prob­lem take cen­ter stage in Asean

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MANILA - Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte on Mon­day sees the need to high­light the grow­ing prob­lem of ex­trem­ism, nar­cotics trade, and piracy dur­ing the two-day meet­ing of South­east Asian lead­ers and their di­a­logue part­ners that will be held in Manila.

At the open­ing rites of 31st As­so­ci­a­tion of South­east Asian sum­mit, Duterte ac­knowl­edged the im­por­tance to dis­cuss with world lead­ers the press­ing se­cu­rity is­sues that dif­fer­ent na­tions are fac­ing.

“Your Majesty, your Ex­cel­len­cies, ladies and gentle­men, I apol­o­gize for set­ting the tone of my state­ment in such a man­ner. But I only want to em­pha­size that our meet­ings for the next two days present an ex­cel­lent op­por­tu­nity for us to en­gage in mean­ing­ful dis­uc­s­sion on mat­ters of re­gional and in­ter­na­tional im­por­tance,” the Pres­i­dent said be­fore the heads of state.

Duterte urged heads of state to seek for re­me­dial ways to counter se­cu­rity threats that pose dan­gers, if not ad­dressed.

Duterte stressed that ter­ror­ism and vi­o­lent ex­trem­ism “en­dan­ger the peace, sta­bil­ity and se­cu­rity of our re­gion be­cause these threats know no bound­aries.”

It could be re­called that on May 23, Is­lamic State-linked Maute mil­i­tants laid siege to Marawi City in a bid to es­tab­lish a caliphate for

South­east Asia fighters.

The ex­trem­ist group’s plan was how­ever foiled af­ter the Philip­pines state forces killed in­fa­mous ter­ror lead­ers Is­nilon Hapi­lon and Omar Maute, the fron­trun­ners of Marawi siege.

A month be­fore the Asean sum­mit, Duterte de­clared the lib­er­a­tion of Marawi City from the hands of the ter­ror­ists fol­low­ing the death of Hapi­lon and Maute.

In his speech, Duterte per­son­ally thanked Asean mem­ber-states and other world lead­ers who ex­tended as­sis­tance to the Philip­pine gov­ern­ment to com­bat ter­ror­ism in the south­ern Philip­pines. Sun­Star Philip­pines

MACKY LIM

RE­GROUP. Hat, glasses, and beach ac­ces­sories ven­dors re­group be­fore go­ing to dif­fer­ent ar­eas in­side Sta. Ana Port early morn­ing yes­ter­day to sell their prod­ucts.

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