Japan commits to assist Philippines in combating terrorism

The Japanese government has expressed commitment to provide assistance to Philippines in its effort against terrorism.

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said Japan Foreign Minister Taro Kono conveyed to President Rodrigo Duterte, during their meeting on February 9, Prime Minister Shinzo 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 combating the scourge of terrorism.”

When asked by reporters during the February 11 press conference in Malacañang on how Japan may assist Philippines’ effort against terrorism, Panelo said it may include military exercises and defense acquisition but “they have not particularized in detail exactly how they will help us.”

“But we welcome all kinds of help. As I said, all nations of the world must unite to combat terrorism,” he added.