- Japan offered to contribute in the trilateral cooperation between the Philippines, Malaysia and Indonesia to contain piracy and kidnappings
- The offer was expressed by Japan Vice Minister for International Affairs Ro Manabe to Defense undersecretary Ricardo David
- Japan also assured the country of its support for the Philippine chairmanship of ASEAN this year
Japan has offered to help address piracy and terrorism problems in southern Philippines.
As mentioned in a GMA article, Japan Vice Minister for International Affairs Ro Manabe expressed the offer to Defense undersecretary Ricardo David during the 5th Philippine-Japan Vice Ministerial Meeting held in Tokyo last February 10.
Japan said it wants to contribute in the trilateral cooperation between the Philippines, Indonesia and Malaysia to contain kidnappings in the common waters of the three countries.
Kidnappings are being perpetrated by armed groups, including the Abu Sayyaf, in the porous southern borders of the Philippines. The victims are mostly crew from ocean-going merchant vessels.
During his meeting with Defense undersecretary David, Manabe also gave an assurance of Japan’s support to the Philippine’s chairmanship of the Association of Southeast Asian Nation (ASEAN) this year.