Duterte going to Malaysia to discuss piracy problem

President Duterte visits the neighboring country on November 9 and 10. He will discuss with Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak how to address the rampant kidnapping and criminality in the Malacca strait.

MEDIA CONFERENCE. President Rodrigo Duterte answers media questions after visiting the grave of his parents in Davao City on November 1, 2016. Photo by Manman Dejeto/Rappler

MANILA, Philippines – Just two weeks after his visit to Japan, President Rodrigo Duterte is set to embark on another trip to an Asian country, this time to neighboring Malaysia.

Duterte said he would discuss with Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak the problem of piracy in the Malacca strait, where kidnapping and criminality are rampant. 

“It’s very important that Malaysia, Indonesia, and the Philippines talk about this and come up with a solution,” the President told reporters after visiting his parents’ grave in Davao City late Tuesday night, November 1.

He added, “There’s a need for the 3 countries to talk about this, and to put a stop to it, because it has somehow paralyzed trade and commerce in that area.”

Duterte is set to visit Malaysia from November 9 to 10.

He also said he would visit Thailand to pay his respects following the death of Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej. – Rappler.com