Philippine President Rodrigo Dutertti said on Sunday he would discuss with Indonesia and Malaysia the possibility of forming an anti-militarization force inspired by the idea of a sympathetic organization.
Duterti expressed his desire to open the border to the Indonesian and Malaysian security forces to track militants. He is scheduled to meet Indonesian President Goku Widodo and Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razzaq.
“We agreed that we will talk all three, just waiting for the right time,” he told reporters.
“In all likelihood, I will be a joint task force, and I will open borders to the Malaysian and Indonesian authorities, they will be granted access,” he said.
The three countries agreed to use spy planes and drones to stop militant movements across their borders as fears mounted over the growing influence in the region.
In June, the three countries agreed to exchange intelligence and counter militant financing.
Last November, the Philippines agreed to allow Malaysia and Indonesia to carry out “tracking operations” in its territorial waters to counter abductions and piracy by Abu Sayyaf rebels.
Duterti said the meeting with Widodo and Nagib could take place after the siege of the southern city of Marawai, where militants loyal to Da’ash