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Aquino welcomes Malaysian PM ahead of peace deal signing

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Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak (left) takes part in a wreath-laying ceremony at the Jose Rizal monument at the Rizal Park Monday morning. He proceeded later to Malacañang and met with President Aquino and then will witness the signing of a “framework agreement” between the Philippines and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front. AFP

MANILA, Philippines–President Aquino on Monday returned the favor to Malaysia for serving as the third-party facilitator of the peace talks between the Philippine government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) since 2001.

Mr. Aquino officially welcomed Prime Minister Najib Razak to the presidential palace ahead of the 1:30 p.m. signing of the Bangsamoro deal, where Najib was to serve as a witness along with a host of foreign delegates.

Arrival honors, a 21-gun salute and traditional music by Pangkat Kawayan greeted the visiting head of state.

After signing the guestbook, both leaders had a one-on-one meeting at the Music Room before an expanded bilateral meeting at the Aguinaldo State Dining Room.

The President also hosted a luncheon in honor of Najib and his spouse, Rosmah Mansor.

Both leaders agreed that the visit was a “significant milestone” in bilateral relations and “signals a new phase of deeper and more robust ties between the two countries,” said a joint statement issued by the Palace.

Aquino and Najib welcomed the successful conclusion of the peace talks on Oct. 7 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, where the framework agreement was sealed during the 32nd round of exploratory talks.

They also looked forward to the successful conclusion of the negotiations on the annexes of the agreement creating the Bangsamoro territory.

Najib started his day by laying wreath to the Rizal Monument at the Rizal Park.

This is Najib’s first visit to the Philippines since he became prime minister in 2009.

Malaysia is also head of the International Monitoring Team, a group of countries monitoring compliance to a ceasefire mechanism in Mindanao, since 2004.

During his official visit, Najib will meet with leading Philippine business chief executive officers under the auspices of the Philippines-Malaysia Business Council.

The prime minister was accompanied by Foreign Minister Dato’ Sri Anifah bin Haji Aman, International Trade and Industry Minister Dato Mustapa bin Mohamed, Defense Minister Dato’ Seri Dr. Ahmad Zahid Hamidi and other Malaysian government officials.

A business delegation led by AlloyMTD Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Dato Azmil Khalid, the pro-tempore chair of the Kuala-Lumpur based Malaysia-Philippines Business Council, also joined the Malaysian entourage.

The prime minister’s wife will visit and deliver a speech at the Asian Institute of Management, where she studied her Basic Management Program in 1982.


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  • Marx Louis Wang

    Ako’y ninenerbiyos sa mga darating na panahon… nawala na nga sa atin ang Sabah, sa bandang huli tayo pa ang nakunan ng lupain.

    • EOJ

       Praning ka lang.

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    • http://profile.yahoo.com/6Q2J7U4LVUHJZGD7MF3K5JW7RI Avelino, Jr.

      pinalitan lang yung ARMM ng bangsamoro. Wag kang masyadong magkape.

  • Albert Einstien

    SAD DAY for the Philippines….we are now the laughing stock of the world!

    We ONLY need ( TRUE BLOOD ) PATRIOTIC LEADERS!!!
    THERE’s no need for WAR or DIVISION between luzviminda & bangsamoro lands we are BLOOD BROTHERS…what we NEED is CONSOLIDATION…the UNTOLD riches ( GOD..Gold,gas, Oil & Deuterium.est..thousand trillions of $ ) of our lands is more than ENOUGH to put us… .as the most powerful & wealthiest nation on earth..especially if we produce the UNLIMITED deuterium in our philippine trench..as long as there is water in pacific ocean our riches will continually grow..our PLATES are FULL & BOUNTIFUL..it is foolish to waste it by DIVISION….ONE COUNTRY ONE VISION ONE BLOOD, ONE DESTINY!
    but we must RE-CLAIM SABAH first & protect SPRATLY & PANATAG territories..this will be our WATERLOO if we FAIL..powerful nations ( UK, MALAYSIA,US-CHINA/RUSSIA ) & multi-national corporations will continue & try HARD to DIVIDE us for sure..we must STAND as ONE COUNTRY, ONE PEOPLE,ONE BLOOD, ONE VISION , ONE DESTINY!! We will pay america their $ 20 milion plus interest..we will change the name of the Philippines to ” REPUBLIC of LUPANG HINIRANG by constitution ” ( the chosen land ) to erase colonization, to gain full trust & confidence of muslim brothers, show our singularity & show the world that we are a free nation at last!
    copy & propagate this brothers & there will be lasting PEACE & PROSPERITY!

    • angtangamo

       Uhuh. Did you write that from the confines of the mental hospital?

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/Q3N6XYSQL4MNFGM2RGLUA5NGH4 January

      You my friend are the most delusional being. Whereever the heck you came from “WELCOME TO EARTH”

  • latino_boom

    Lots of crap brain here

  • latino_boom

    Why can’t they be happy that somehow there is a solution that might lead to permanent peace and prosperity in Mindanao…haizzz

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ELTWKJPUAIB6ANDT4KSL7BSATA Shalani

    anong paki alam ng malaysia sa internal na problema ng pinas…buset talaga tong gubyerno na to

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  • pinoynga

    Welcome your Excellency! And Thank you! The Philippines and the Filipinos are finally moving firmly where as a nation and people we should be–at the TOP of the global communities! Mabuhay ang mga Pinoy!

  • disqusted0fu

    if you cant beat them, join them… there must be a better way…

  • Cal_Reznick

    There are many things to fix in the country and the Administration can achieve so many good things if they drop the fascination on chasing and trying to persecute the former President. 



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