Malaysian PM confident peace in Mindanao will be achieved under Duterte

During Monday’s courtesy call by OPAPP Sec. Jesus Dureza on Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak in Putrajaya, the Malaysian leader expressed confidence that peace in Mindanao will be achieved under President Duterte’s administration, according to a report by Philstar on August 18. 

The Malaysian leader also reaffirmed his commitment to efforts in attaining peace and security in Mindanao as well as in the ASEAN region, the Philstar report said.

“The PM immediately said he is confident that under President Duterte, who comes from Mindanao, we will finally see peace in Mindanao and in the whole country,” Dureza said.

He said Najib also mentioned possible Malaysian economic contributions to help and support peace and development efforts in Mindanao.

Dureza said he extended Duterte’s gratitude for Malaysia’s support in the negotiations and Manila’s invitation to Kuala Lumpur to still help in the implementation of the Bangsamoro peace process.

Dureza said Najib also emphasized the importance of economic development in Mindanao to ensure long-lasting stability and the need for regional cooperation in order to address the growing threat of the Islamic State.

 “After briefing the PM on the Philippine peace roadmap, I informed him of the recent visit of President Duterte to Sulu to precisely and personally oversee and reiterate his directives to the Armed Forces to deal decisively with the terrorists and the Abu Sayyaf group and the need to instill and promote moderation to counter extremism,” he said.