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Jakarta Post

Duterte order: Indonesian, Malaysian troops free to enter PH

  • Frinston Lim and Allan Nawal

    Philippine Daily Inquirer/ANN

Davao City   /   Mon, January 29, 2018   /   12:15 pm
Duterte order: Indonesian, Malaysian troops free to enter PH  President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo and Philippine President Rodrigo R.Duterte attend a press conference at the State Palace in Jakarta on Sept.9, 2016. They signed a memorandum of understanding on maritime security in Sulu waters. (Antara/Widodo S. Jusuf)

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Saturday said Indonesian and Malaysian troops were free to enter the Philippines in pursuit of terrorists.

Speaking to reporters upon his arrival from a state visit to India, the President said all Jakarta and Kuala Lumpur should do was inform the Armed Forces of the Philippines about operations to hunt down terrorists in Philippine territory.

“I will allow troops of Indonesia and Malaysia to come in,” the President said.

He said Philippine soldiers would be willing to join the operations.

“We can be of assistance,” Duterte said.

He said he had already informed his Indonesian and Malaysian counterparts about allowing their troops into Philippine territory in pursuit of terrorists.

“I said if it’s terrorist, my advice to them is just blow them up,” the President said . “Blow them up,” he said.He said he had run out of patience with terrorism, especially that of Abu Sayyaf.