From Update Philippines (Jun 20): Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines launch trilateral patrol agreement
Indonesia, Malaysia, and Philippines launched the trilateral maritime patrolling of borders. “So ‘yung kasunduan po na ‘yan nailatag na lahat ng mga protocols at ‘yung angkop na agreement ay napirmahan na. At ngayon ‘yung launching – pagpapatupad na lamang,” Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) spokesperson Brigadier General Restituto Padilla said during June 19 Mindanao Hour Briefing.
He said the trilateral agreement for patrols in trilateral border aims to prevent cross border kidnappings.
This agreement will allow hot pursuit operations to cross borders until the authorities of the other country takes over of pursuit. “Pwedeng lumagpas — pumasok sa mga territory habang hinahabol hangga’t nakuha ng kabilang side ‘yung paghabol at pag-accost doon sa hinahabol,” he explained.
“Bahagi ‘yan ng pagpapatibay nitong ating mga lagusan at daanan ng mga nationals from the different countries that are involved in this partnership,” he said. “Hopefully, ma-address natin ‘yung porous borders natin sa bagay na ‘yan. Pagkakaroon nang mas maayos na pag-patrolya. Unang-una, para ma-prevent ‘yung abduction at high sea, ‘yung mga nangyayaring pagdukot.”
“More than that is the movement of personnel bound from one country to another who are fugitives of their own laws and seeking haven in these parts of these different countries as well as providing assistance to the groups of jihadists in these areas,” he added.