Japan deepens commitment to assist PH in fight vs. terrorism

Japan deepens commitment to assist PH in fight vs. terrorism




Japan reiterates its commitments to the Philippines.

Japan Foreign Minister Taro Kono has reiterated Japan’s to assist the Philippines more than its economic dealings with the Duterte administration,  fighting terrorism is now also being prioritized.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte discusses pertinent matters with Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono who paid a courtesy call on the President at the Matina Enclaves in Davao City on February 9, 2019. (Presidential Photos/PNA)

Kano made a courtesy call in Davao to President Rodrigo Roa Duterte to relay Japan Prime Minister Sinzo be’s commitment to deepen cooperation between the two countries and concern over the twin explosions in Jolo, Sulu.
“FM Kono likewise conveyed PM Abe’s grave concern over the twin explosions in Jolo, Sulu and expressed Japan’s condemnation of the terrorism and violent extremism and their commitment to assist the Philippines in combatting the scourge of terrorism,” Presidential Spokesperson Atty. Salvador Panelo said in a statement.
Atty. Panelo, however said the Japanese government has not yet finalized or particularized in detail how it would help the Philippines—either by military  exercises or acquisition of defense equipment.
Kono, lauded the success of the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) plebiscite, reiterating support for President Duterte’s dream of having the lasting peace in Mindanao.
Also, Kono expressed continuing commitment to rehabilitate and reconstruct  Marawi and develop the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), including funding of the Road Network Development Plan for ARMM, Atty. Panelo said.
For his part, President Duterte described Japan as “a true friend and proven partner” for its involvement in the Philippines’ “Build, Build, Build” program, Panelo added.

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