The Philippines will intensify its maritime cooperation with its neighboring ASEAN country Indonesia to prevent violent extremism in the region, President Rodrigo Duterte disclosed in a press conference.
Duterte and Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi agreed to further push collaboration on trade, maritime security, and eradicating terrorism. Marsudi, who is currenty in Manila, recently paid a courtesy visit at the presidential guest house in Davao City.
In a statement released by Duterte’s office, the president told Masurdi that “he wants to intensify maritime security cooperation with Indonesia as foreign and local terrorists continue to enter and exit the country despite military efforts made to go after these elements.”
Aside from intensifying joint efforts to combat extremism, Duterte also expressed interest in re-opening trade-routes from the Philippines to Indonesia. Masurdi, on the other hand, relayed significance in strengthening education programs between two countries.
In a separate statement, Department of Foreign Affairs Secretary Allan Peter Cayetano said that the Philippines is open to accept Indonesia’s offer to fight and counter radicalization through education.
“The Philippines welcomed Indonesia’s offer to share its best practices in Islamic education as part of the efforts to address and prevent extremism not just in the country but for the rest of Southeast Asia,” the secretary said.