Duterte wants to meet Widodo, Razak after Marawi crisis

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President Rodrigo Duterte wants to meet Indonesia in either Sabah or Jakarta to discuss concerns on increasing ISIS recruitment in Muslim cities along their borders.

“The ISIS is being cornered into the coastal towns of Syria. They are being pushed (out) of Syria. Once they lose mass base, they can’t go anywhere. They will really be killed. You know the Arabs, they execute. They will escape. And then…because they have access in some countries, they will just come just like in Marawi,” Duterte said on the sidelines of the birthday celebration of Davao City Rep. Karlo Nograles.

“We have agreed that we will talk, the three of us. So naghintay lang kami ng timing (We are just waiting for the right timing),” he said in an interview with reporters.

Duterte said the deal could be a joint undertaking like a task force to run after ISIS members.

“I will open my borders to the Malaysian authorities and Indonesian authorities, and I am — they’ll be given access,” he said.

“Kung may hinahabol kami, tapos sabihin, malakas ‘yan, wala nang panahon, tirahin mo na lang siya. Even if it’s a Filipino, sabihin mo doon sa [inaudible], “Tirahin mo na.” or Indonesian dito (If we are running after (terrorists), then they say these are strong and we lack the time, just hit on them. Even if it’s Filipino…or Indonesian here (in the Philippines),” he stressed.

Duterte preferred to meet face to face with Widodo and Razak but he still had too much on his plate to fix a schedule.

“I can only maybe… be there for about a day or two. At this time, I cannot. I do not have the luxury of time because I have a serious problem here,” said Duterte who planned to visit Marawi until the crisis is over. (PNA)