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Duterte to meet with Malaysian PM Mahathir after Pacquiao’s fight

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Rodrigo R. Duterte
President Rodrigo R. Duterte — AFP

By Arjay L. Balinbin, Reporter

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte is set to meet with Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad after Senator Emmanuel “Manny” D. Pacquiao’s fight in Kuala Lumpur, Malacañang said on Monday.

“[I] had telephone talk with Mahathir before cabinet meeting. He wants to talk about insurgency and ISIS,” President Rodrigo R. Duterte said, as posted by Presidential Spokesperson Harry L. Roque, Jr. on his official Twitter account on Monday evening, July 9.

The President added: “We will be there July 16. After boxing, will talk with Mahathir.”

On July 15, Boxing superstar-turned-legislator Manny Pacquiao is set to fight Argentine welterweight champion Lucas Martin Matthysse for the World Boxing Association (WBA) crown in Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia.