Philippines, Indonesia Firm Up Joint Maritime Patrol Agreement

President Rodrigo Duterte said he has reached an agreement with Indonesia in the conduct of joint maritime patrols in the southern Philippines. The area is rife with pirates and Muslim extremists that operate as kidnap-for-ransom groups. More than 25 Indonesians, as well as several Malaysians, had been taken as hostages. Duterte initially said that Indonesian patrols would be allowed to enter Philippine waters if they are going after suspects, though it was later clarified that they have to coordinate with the Philippine…

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