The Indonesian and the Philippine Navy have launched coordinated border patrols to address piracy and international crimes in their shared maritime border.
Lt. Col. Maman Sulaeman of the Indonesian Navy Eastern Fleet told reporters on Friday, May 27, that the coordinated border patrol, codename ‘Corpat Philindo XXX-16’ will involve the collaboration between Indonesian warship KRI Sura-802 and the Philippines BRP Pangasinan (PS31) to protect the shared maritime border of Sulawesi waters from May 28 to June 1.
The mission was officially launched on May 26, Sulaeman revealed, saying that the two navies not only focused on the military but also on the social, cultural, and economic aspects necessary to address the international crimes taking place in the maritime border.
“The Corpat Philindo XXX-16 was also a testament to the sound ties shared between Indonesia and the Philippines, including the navies of the two countries,” he affirmed.
Malaysia, Indonesia, and the Philippines have also agreed to set up a hotline to improve communication during emergency situations and coordination when assisting ships in distress, as well as intensifying information and intelligence sharing in response to increasing cross-border attacks by militants of the Abu Sayyaf group.
Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi also said, "We share the urgent need to take action to ensure our citizens feel protected in undertaking their activities in the area."
Procedures for the patrols in the Sulu and Celebes seas would be worked out at a follow-up meeting, she added.