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Duterte, Mahathir to discuss insurgency, ISIS threat at Malaysia meeting

      Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad wanted to discuss with President Rodrigo Duterte the issue of insurgency in Mindanao and the threat of Islamic terrorists in the region, Malacaangsaid on Tuesday.   Duterte and Mahathir had a brief phone conversation on Monday afternoon ang agreed to meet in Malaysia on July 16. READ: Duterte to watch Pacquiao-Matthysse fight in KL, meet with PM Mahathir     "The President said Mr. Mahathir wanted to discuss with him the issue of the insurgency in Mindanao as well as the issue of ISIS in the region," Roque said in a press briefing in Indang, Cavit...Keep on reading: Duterte, Mahathir to discuss insurgency, ISIS threat at Malaysia meeting.....»»

Category: newsSource: inquirer inquirerJul 10th, 2018

Duterte, Mahathir discuss violent extremism, sea piracy in meeting

MANILA, Philippines – Security concerns dominated the meeting between Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad on Monday, July 16. The meeting was held around 3 pm at the Prime Minister's Office in Putrajaya, federal administrative center of Malaysia. Malacañang said the two leaders discussed terrorism and transnational ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJul 16th, 2018

Duterte meeting with Malaysian PM seeks to boost PH security

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte seeks to bolster the country’s defense and security after meeting with Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad on Monday, Malacañang said. In a statement, the Palace said Duterte and Mahathir “renewed and reaffirmed the long-standing brotherhood and friendship between the Philippines and Malaysia.” “President Duterte likewise renewed the….....»»

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Duterte to intensify defense cooperation with Malaysia

By Arjay L. Balinbin, Reporter President Rodrigo R. Duterte has committed to intensifying Manila’s defense and security cooperation with the Malaysian government to address terrorist threats and terrorism activities in the ASEAN region following his bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Dr. Mahathir bin Mohamad in Kuala Lumpur on Monday, July 16, Malacañang said. The Palace […].....»»

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Duterte, Mahathir vow stronger Philippines-Malaysia ties

President Duterte and Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad vowed stronger bilateral cooperation during their meeting yesterday afternoon at the Prime Minister’s Office in Putrajaya, Malaysia......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 17th, 2018

Malaysia Seeks Special Meeting with 4 Neighbors to Discuss IS Threat - benarnews

Malaysia Seeks Special Meeting with 4 Neighbors to Discuss IS Threat - benarnews.....»»

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Duterte and Misuari discuss possible meeting in Malaysia

Duterte and Misuari discuss possible meeting in Malaysia.....»»

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Duterte discusses need to address terrorism, drug trade with Malaysia’s Mahathir 

President Rodrigo Duterte stressed the need to address terrorism and illegal drug trade during his meeting with Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad Monday afternoon. .....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 16th, 2018

Where Duterte, Mahathir stand on pressing ASEAN issues

MANILA, Philippines – Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and new Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad are set to hold their first bilateral meeting on Monday afternoon, July 16. Mahathir returned to power only in May after leading the opposition coalition Pakatan Harapan to victory ........»»

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Duterte starts private Malaysia trip

President Duterte is heading to Malaysia for a two-day private trip to watch the boxing match of Senator Manny Pacquiao and to meet with newly-elected prime minister Mahathir Mohamad. Presidential.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsJul 16th, 2018

Manny Pacquiao beats Lucas Matthysse and Father Time in latest win

The fire is back in the eyes and belly of 39 year old Philippine senator Manny Pacquiao who scored an emphatic knockout victory over Lucas Martin Matthysse to win his 11th world title at 2:43 of the seventh round Sunday afternoon at the Axiata Arena here. Proving his critics wrong, Pacquiao put on a clinic of sorts as he showed facets of his ring brilliance that were missing in his previous fights since 2009 where he last won by knockout. Before a screaming horde of fans led by the heads of state of Malaysia and the Philippines, Pacquiao was brilliant, fast and accurate with his timing and combinations, completely frustrating and flustering the former WBA king. "You have to love what you do in order to do what I still do as a 39-year-old fighter," said Pacquiao, who trained hardest despite his age, pushing himself to the limit. But this time around, his new team of mostly Filipinos led by chief trainer Buboy Fernandez, acknowledged his conditions and custom-fit a new training regimen that brought back the power and the speed, however diminished a bit. "Do I look old,?" asked Pacquiao laughing in front of the members of media at the post-fight press conference. Every masterful stroke dealt by Pacquiao befuddled Matthysse who secretly plotted to retire Pacquiao. "Not today," said Pacquiao, who was cheered on by Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte who watched in the presidential suite with new Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad. "Of course, it was an extra motivational tool for me to fight well and careful." Fernandez warned his ward not to be too confident when he knocked down Matthysse for the second round, the Argentine taking a knee at the end of the fifth round. "It might have been a trick. But we were ready for Matthysse," said a beaming Fernandez, who for the first time, acted as chief trainer aided by strength and conditioning coach Justin Fortune and assistant Raides "Nonoy" Neri. Cutman Edgardo de la Vega was not much needed as Pacquiao was never in trouble. "We will take a rest for now before we decide what to do next," said Pacquiao, who goes back to work this week as the Philippine Senate opens its sessions. - RELEASE.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 16th, 2018

Sabah not part of agenda in Duterte’s talks with Mahathir

MALACAÑANG on Sunday said it is unlikely that President Rodrigo R. Duterte will bring up the Philippines’ long-standing claims over the state of Sabah during his meeting with Malaysian Prime Minister Dr. Mahathir bin Mohamad in Kuala Lumpur Monday, July 16......»»

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Duterte may not bring up Sabah during meet with Mahathir

"Probably not," presidential spokesman Harry Roque said in a text message when asked if President Duterte would bring up the issue during the bilateral meet with Malaysia's leader......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 15th, 2018

Duterte hails Pacquiao after watching bout beside Mahathir

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte congratulated Senator Manny Pacquiao for beating Lucas Matthysse on Sunday, July 15, in a boxing match that the Philippine leader watched beside Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Read Duterte's full statement below: I would like to ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJul 15th, 2018

Duterte arrives in Malaysia for PM Mahathir meet, Pacquiao fight

President Rodrigo Duterte has arrived in Malaysia to watch Senator Manny Pacquiao's fight and to meet with Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad. Source link link: Duterte arrives in Malaysia for PM Mahathir meet, Pacquiao fight.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsJul 14th, 2018

Duterte to watch Pacquiao-Matthysse bout

MALACAÑANG on Tuesday confirmed that President Rodrigo Duterte would fly to Malaysia next Monday to watch the boxing match between Sen. Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao and Argentine welterweight champ Lucas Matthysse. In a news briefing, Palace spokesman Harry Roque Jr. said the President would also meet with Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad on Tuesday after the [...] The post Duterte to watch Pacquiao-Matthysse bout appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsJul 10th, 2018

DU30 to watch Pacman fight, meet Mahathir

President Rodrigo Duterte is set to fly to Malaysia this weekend to watch the title fight of boxing icon and Senator Manny Pacquiao and meet with Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad. Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque revealed Duterte’s July 15-16 trip on Monday night following the Chief Executive’s phone conversation with Mahathir.….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsJul 10th, 2018

Duterte to watch Pacquiao fight in Malaysia, meet Mahathir

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte is off to Malaysia this month to mix work with play.  If all goes smoothly, he'll be able to catch Senator Manny Pacquiao's fight with Argentine boxer Lucas Matthysse in Kuala Lumpur and meet with Malaysia's new Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad. Duterte himself spoke of these ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJul 9th, 2018

Cayetano, Pompeo meet, discuss Duterte foreign policy, sea row, Korea

FOREIGN Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met in Washington for the first time and discussed how to further strengthen Philippines and United States (US) partnership, including their defense alliance. Ambassador to Washington Jose Manuel Romualdez in a statement said the meeting allowed Cayetano the opportunity to share with Pompeo [...] The post Cayetano, Pompeo meet, discuss Duterte foreign policy, sea row, Korea appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsJun 22nd, 2018

Palace: Phl not taking soft stance on China

The Palace denied it is going soft on China amid reports of a resumption of build-up over disputed portions of the South China Sea (SCS) that foreign ministers of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) have criticized. Presidential spokesman Harry Roque said the Philippines shares Asean leaders’ concern regarding China’s aggressive actions on what is said to be the world’s busiest waterways.The recently concluded Asean foreign and defense ministers in Singapore issued a statement that did not name China but said that “land reclamations and activities in the area . . . have eroded trust and confidence, increased tensions and may undermine peace, security and stability in the region.” The Asean ministers resolved to expedite the code of conduct (CoC) on how to negotiate with China regarding overlapping maritime claims.“Asean’s concern on the Chinese build-up is right because Asean, as a regional bloc, wants to adhere to discussions pertaining to the code of conduct,” Roque said.“We cannot be not joining the call because the Philippines is one of those concerned in this campaign,” he added.Roque also disputed views that Manila is not among those insistent in pressing Beijing to speed up the CoC drafting. “We are not being too soft (on China) but we have an established policy on that. Number one, of course, is we are one with Asean in recognizing that this is a concern for all Asean countries. Particularly that of the freedom of navigation in the West Philippine Sea,” Roque said.“Our common concern is peace security and stability in one of the world’s busiest sea lanes,” he added.During Manila’s hosting of the Asean last year, President Duterte did not cite the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) ruling that nullified Beijing’s sweeping claim over nearly the entire South China Sea.It was the Philippine government that contested China’s nine-dash-line claim before the Hague court. China, however, refuses to recognize it.Apart from the Philippines, other Asean countries also have overlapping claims at the South China Sea including Vietnam, Malaysia and Brunei.Reclamation to continueChina in its known mouthpiece Global Times said Beijing is concentrating on civil and not military construction on islands in the South China Sea but insisted that the Chinese “will expand land reclamation.”“Most of the construction on islands in the South China Sea were completed in 2015 and the pace then slowed. Civilian facility construction is the major focus of the South China Sea islands building and the portion of defense deployment is relatively small,” Global Times quoted Chen Xiangmiao, a research fellow at the National Institute for the South China Sea.The size of some South China Sea islands will be further expanded in future through more dredging in the South China Sea region, Chen said.The relationship between China and other Southeast Asian countries, such as the Philippines, has becalmed in recent years, providing a golden opportunity for China to upgrade these areas, he said.China and the Philippines are enjoying good terms as President Rodrigo Duterte maintains a friendly policy toward China, Chen said. “But there is still some domestic pressure that urges Duterte to take a tough stance on China and the South China Sea issue,” Chen said.Foreign media like to hype China’s construction in the South China Sea as they try to make excuses to prevent China’s activities in this region, Zhuang Guotu, head of Xiamen University’s Southeast Asian Studies Center, told the Global Times.“China has the right to build whatever it needs within its territory,” Zhuang said.China’s military deployment in the South China Sea region was “not for military expansion,” but to defend its security and interests, he said.Zhuang and Chen warned the US is the biggest threat to stability in the South China Sea.“The US, Australia, Japan and other allies will constantly provoke China over this issue and that will incite other neighboring South China Sea countries to do the same,” Zhuang said.China’s construction projects in the region covered about 290,000 square meters in 2017, including new facilities for underground storage, administrative buildings and large radar, according to a report released in December on the nanhai.haiwainet.cn website run by the National Marine Data and Information Service and People’s Daily Overseas edition. No foreign vessels at BenhamThe Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) has not monitored any foreign vessels at the Philippine Rise, formerly known as Benham Rise, during its latest patrol in the area. Lt. Col. Isagani Nato, AFP-Northern Luzon Command (Nolcom) spokesman, said that based on the latest patrol conducted by Nolcom troops, there was no presence of foreign ships at Philippine Rise.“As of now, we don’t have a report that there is presence (of foreign vessels) in Benham Rise,” said Nato.Earlier, Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol announced that President Duterte has banned foreign ships at the Philippine Rise and ordered the military to patrol the area.The announcement came following an uproar from government critics after the Duterte administration allowed the Chinese to conduct scientific research at the Philippine Rise.Nato, however, said that Nolcom is yet to receive official order regarding the matter.But Nato maintained that with or without the latest directive, Nolcom has regularly conducted air and maritime patrols along Philippine Rise.Apart from Nolcom, the Air Force and the Philippine Navy, Nato said that the Philippine Coast Guard, the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) and the Philippine National Police-Maritime Group (PNP-MG) also conduct their own patrol in the area.He said the Nolcom uses air and naval assets of the Navy and the Air Force units under its jurisdiction.“We conduct our patrols regularly. It is a mandate of Nolcom forces so that is continuous with or without the directive from higher ups,” said Nato.According to Nato, Nolcom conducts three to four maritime and air patrol at Philippine Rise per month as part of the government efforts to secure the country’s maritime domain.ML ruling lauded, hitThe Supreme Court’s (SC) decision to uphold Mr. Duterte’s year-long martial law extension in Mindanao also drew mixed reactions.The High Court on Tuesday voted 10-5 junking militant groups’ petition and finding “sufficient factual basis” to extend martial law and suspend the privilege of wirt of habeas corpus in Mindanao until December 31, 2018.Roque welcomed the ruling saying that it affirms the need to continue protecting citizens from the threat of terrorist groups, primarily Islamic State (IS)-inspired fanatics.But for Left-leaning groups who petitioned the SC to lift martial law, the court decision opens up more crackdowns and human rights violations.The Palace official has insisted that human rights will be respected amid security operations.“The SC ruling underscores the unity of the whole government in its bid to defeat terrorism and prevent the spread in other parts of the country of DIWW and other like-minded local and foreign terrorist groups,” Roque said.“The majority of votes is a manifestation of confidence on law enforcement agencies that they shall, like they had been doing before, continue to protect our people, secure Mindanao, and pursue the bigger task of rehabilitation while upholding the rule of law, Human Rights, and International Humanitarian Law,” he added.Human rights watchdog Karapatan sees the contrary in the government’s motives, saying that the year-long military rule will boost attacks on the people.The continuous implementation of martial law in Mindanao will allow the unhampered massive rehabilitation in war-torn Marawi City and boost the security forces campaign to finish off the rebellion, the Department of National Defense (DND) said. In a statement, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said that the Supreme Court’s decision affirming the constitutionality of the one-year extension of martial law in Mindanao will definitely boost government efforts to rebuild Marawi City and address continuing rebellion.The defense chief welcomed the SC decision as a vote of confidence to the government security forces.“The DND – AFP is grateful for the trust and confidence of our public institutions and the support of the Filipino people,” said Lorenzana. Mario J. Mallari.....»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJun 7th, 2018

Duterte to sign into law landmark BBL on July 23 – Fariñas

President Rodrigo Duterte will sign into law the landmark Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) onJuly 23in time for his third State of the Nation Address (Sona), House Majority Leader Rodolfo Farias said lateMonday.   "The BiCam Conference Committee Report shall be submitted for ratification by the HOR and the Senate in their Plenary sessions in the morning ofMonday, July 23, 2018, with the President signing it into law in time for his State of the Nation Address at4 p.m. of that same day," Farias told reporters.   Congress leaders had a meeting with Duterte on Monday night to discuss BBL and Farias said the President "grantedour request to certify the BBL bill as urgent ...Keep on reading: Duterte to sign into law landmark BBL on July 23 – Fariñas.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 29th, 2018