President Rodrigo Roa Duterte today led the Executive Committee of the National Security Council in addressing a wide range of issues affecting the national security.
Discussed were matters concerning the peace process with the CPP/NPA/NDF, the West Philippine Sea issue, and the anti-illegal drugs campaign, among others.
During the meeting, the President approved the enhanced National Security Policy 2017-2022 (NSP), that serves as guide for the government bureaucracy in the efforts at safeguarding and promoting Philippine national security interests.
More importantly, this version of the NSP now directs the national security sector to be aligned with and in tandem with the recently approved Philippine Development Plan.
On the peace process, the President acknowledged the Joint Statement of the GPH and NDF peace panels on the intent to resume formal peace talks. To ensure that genuine peace talks are realized, the President asked both Panels to agree on clear parameters for ceasefire and the talks.
Regarding the West Philippine Sea issue, the President gave his full support to the improvement of capabilities of law enforcement agencies in monitoring Philippine airspace and territorial waters.
Finally, the President reiterated his resolve to address the drug problem within his term. Towards this end, he directed the NICA and NBI to be more actively involved in the PDEA-led anti-drug operations, together with the AFP and PNP.