President Duterte says Indonesia can “blast off” pirates on Philippine waters

  • President Duterte is set to ink an agreement with Indonesia President Joko Widodo
  • The agreement will allow the Indonesian government to “blast off” pirates heading to the Philippine waters
  • If the agreement with Indonesia will push through, Duterte said he will also sign the same agreement with Malaysia

JAKARTA, Indonesia – Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte allows the Indonesian government to “blast off” pirates escaping to the Philippine waters.

Ruth Abbey Gita mentioned in her article for Sun Star that President Duterte is set to ink an agreement with Indonesia President Joko Widodo that will allow the Indonesian government to “blast off” pirates heading to the Philippine waters.

While speaking in front of the Filipinos at Indonesia’s Shangri-La Hotel last Friday, Duterte said he may issue a “note verbale,” which will give the Indonesian forces the authority to enter the Philippine waters, in order to combat the growing maritime piracy.

“I’m here [in Indonesia] to get an agreement with him (Widodo) because there is so much piracy in the seas – on the high seas between Malaysia, Philippines, and Indonesia,” Duterte said.

The Philippine president said Indonesia will be given consent to enter the Philippine waters if they are in “hot pursuit” of pirates from the Indonesian territorial towers.

“They (Indonesian authorities) can go ahead and blast them off. That’s the agreement,” the Philippine president said.

“The rule of the international water is this: If you are a pirate, you can be arrested by any nation because piracy is a crime against humanity,” he added.

Maintaining his tough stance, Duterte said that if there is hostage onboard the hijacked ship, he would allow the Indonesian officials to “crowd them (pirates) in, arrest them, and execute them.”

“In the Philippines, it’s not allowed to. That’s why I said that, ‘Maybe there are sharks around and just feed them to the sharks. It would make them fat,’” he said.

An article by ABC News said that nine Indonesians are among 16 foreign hostages which are currently being held by the Muslim extremist group Abu Sayyaf in the southern Philippines.

Last May, Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines carried out coordinated patrols following a series of kidnappings and piracy attacks that undermined commerce in the Celebes Sea.

If the agreement with Indonesia will push through, Duterte said he will also sign the same agreement with Malaysia.

“I hope we can hammer out and craft something that is useful and functional to control crime in the area. It’s only in Malaysia and Indonesia that can help us, nobody else,” Duterte said.

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