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Duterte: Philippines is fundamentally peaceful
President Rodrigo Roa Duterte said on Saturday that the Philippines is “fundamentally peaceful” despite the threats from the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) which is linked with the feared Islamic State (ISIS).
According to the President emphasized the progress in the government’s efforts to forge peace with communist rebels and Muslim separatists as he tried to attract investments back home. In his talks during the Philippine-Qatar business forum on Saturday, he expressed the belief that “The Philippines today is fundamentally peaceful”.
“The MI the MN are talking to me now and even the Communists. We do not have any trouble with the rebellions now,” he said, referring to the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, Moro National Liberation Front, and the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army.
On the peace efforts with the Muslim groups, the President said both sides are trying reach a consensus on the proposed framework of the Bangsamoro Basic Law.
“We are trying to figure the infrastructure of how we should proceed and by what manner should be the historical injustice corrected. That is the most important thing there,” he said.
The government’s peace initiatives to end the decades-old Communist insurgency are also ongoing, according to the President.