Jan. 18 Statement of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo:
I commend the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) for another milestone in the campaign against terror, which caps with glory the signing of the ASEAN Convention on Counter-Terrorism.
We are resolved to work with our strategic allies in the region and with the United States to tighten the dragnet and stop the movement of terrorists, their finances and their deadly materiel across the seas and borders.
We mark every high point in the campaign against the Abu Sayyaf and the Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) with greater resolve to move forward in strengthening domestic, regional and global security.
The Philippines has a stake in a safer world where eight (8) million Filipinos work and reside, and in an East Asian region that builds shared prosperity on stability and peace.
The relentless pressure we have applied in the field is taking its toll and we will keep it up until all the terrorists and their clandestine cells are accounted for.
This government is determined to finish the job with a hand of steel against evil; and to usher in a durable peace through economic development, interfaith dialogue and international cooperation.
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