The problem of piracy and illegal fishing can be controlled if Indonesia and Philippines carry out joint maritime patrolling. “Joint maritime patrols by Indonesia and Philippines can combat piracy and illegal fishing,” Defense Minister Ryamizard Ryacudu said on Tuesday in Jakarta.
“However, the idea has yet to materialize,” the minister said. He said several countries have already established joint maritime patrols, and cited the example of Japan and China which carry out joint patrolling with the United States and Malaysia, respectively.
Such joint patrols will help secure Indonesian waters along the border and ensure proper monitoring.
Earlier, the Indonesian Military (TNI) expressed its readiness to help the Philippines in tackling pirates like those who hijacked an Indonesian vessel and its crew.
“If the Philippines asks for Indonesian assistance, we are ready to help them out,” Defense Minister Ryamizard Ryacudu said.
The minister remarked that a military patrol boat had been prepared in anticipation of such accidents.
However, he noted, the military cannot carry out any operations in the Philippines without the permission of the authorities there.
He said the hijacking of the Indonesian vessel was different from the sea piracy rampant in Somalia. The minister coordinated with the Defense Minister of the Philippines regarding the piracy issue. “Indonesia continues to monitor the hostage situation,” the minister remarked. (PNA/Antara)
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