Duterte offers Gulf States Filipino forces

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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte pledged solidarity with Gulf countries in the fight against terrorism and said he was willing to send Filipino forces if needed. The Philippine leader said his country recognized the threat posed by Daesh-inspired groups and is willing to take steps to confront the radicals. “The Philippines is ready to stand by you,” he said in a speech in Doha on the last day of his five-day Gulf tour which also took him to Saudi Arabia and Bahrain.

“If you are short on manpower, I have a very disciplined military and I can send them here,” he said. The Philippine president did not specify the number of troops he would potentially contribute.

The Philippines regularly contributes it forces to United Nations contingents. Duterte’s National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon said the Philippines could send troops abroad outside of the UN mandate, but mainly for training purposes.


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