The “Manila Times” newspaper published in the Philippines has emphasized that it is worthwhile for the Philippines to study Sri Lanka’s success in defeating terrorism.
The newspaper had published a lengthy article based on an exclusive interview conducted with President Rajapaksa at Temple Trees. The interview dealt at length on the strategies adopted by the Sri Lankan leader in totally eliminating terrorism, which plagued the country for nearly three decades, within three years. The “Manila Times” said main among them were the proper appreciation of the war heroes, objecting the mediation of international groups in local issues, winning to the maximum the confidence of the people and taking direct decisions.
The Philippines is embroiled for a long period in a crisis with two ruthless terrorist groups. Attempts made by the Presidents so far to rout the Moro Islamic Liberation Front as well as the Communist New People’s Army had come a cropper. The “Manila Times” emphasized that President Aquino had given a pledge to vanquish the two terrorist groups by the year 2013. If so, it is important to secure Sri Lanka’s example.