15 June 2017

News Story: Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia to start joint patrols next week

By Ana Jacinta Olabre

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippines, Malaysia and Indonesia are set to conduct joint naval patrols in the Sulu Sea beginning next week to cease cross-border kidnap for ransom schemes.

In early 2016, several Malaysians and Indonesians have been captured in the Sulu Sea. The abductions were claimed to be activities of Abu Sayyaf, a militant group situated in the Mindanao region. 

Brig. Gen Restituto Padilla Jr., spokesperson of the Armed Forces of the Philippines said the joint naval patrols would be officially launched in Tarakan, Indonesia on June 19.

“The necessary protocols have been set and have been agreed to and that will be the guiding regulations,” Padilla said in an interview during ANC’s Headstart on Wednesday.

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