Enhance the exchange of intelligence info on regional problems — Duterte

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte attends the ASEAN Summit Retreat during the second day of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit in Vientiane on September 7, 2016. The gathering will see the 10 ASEAN members meet by themselves, then with leaders from the US, Japan, South Korea and China. / AFP PHOTO / YE AUNG THU

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Roa Duterte has urged his fellow ASEAN leaders during the summit in South Korea to strengthen their cooperation especially in exchange for information and intelligence amidst regional problems.

Some of these include problems related to illegal drugs, human trafficking, cybercrime and other forms of crime including terrorism.

He also pointed out that a wakeup call has made the Philippines experience in the Marawi siege and confirms that terrorism is borderless, in his first session of the 2019 ASEAN-ROK Commemorative intervention.

It needs to take collective action to combat the threat of terrorism by rooting out its roots such as lack of development, inequality and injustice, according to the president.

The President also mentioned in the intervention the problem of waste in the oceans, which is increasingly worsening the need for cooperation in the face of its threat to marine resources and food security. (Cate Pallarco/IAMIGO/CNS)

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