- The defense minister of Indonesia will meet today with his counterparts from the Philippines and Malaysia to discuss how they can help each other rescue the hostages and keep the citizens safe.
- Indonesia is preparing to send its troops to the Philippine territory to help the AFP rescue the 10 Indonesian hostages, believed to have been taken by the Abu Sayyaf.
- Malacañang has yet to agree with Indonesia’s plan of helping out with the rescue operations.
The Indonesian Military (TNI) is currently preparing for a potential team-up with the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) in order to rescue 10 Indonesian sailors being held as captives by armed militant groups in the southern parts of the Philippines.
However, a concrete and detailed agreement about the possible operations has yet to be made with Malacañang.
According to TNI commander Gen. Gatot Nurmantyo, the Indonesian troops are already well-prepared to help the Philippines in rescuing the Indonesian hostages who were suspected to have been taken by the Abu Sayyaf group in Mindanao.
The TIN has also ordered its troops to guard all the tugboats and barges that are traveling regional waters in order to avoid further abductions.
The abduction of three Indonesian sailors on Saturday marked the fourth time Indonesian nationals were involved in such cases this year. Despite these incidents, Gatot said that the Philippine government has not yet formally agreed to allow Indonesian troops to enter the country.
“[The Philippines] has given the green light to allow us [to enter its territory], but the concrete agreement will be decided later by the defense minister,” Gatot explained.
Ryamizard Ryacudu, the defense minister of Indonesia, is set to meet with his counterparts from the Philippines and Malaysia today to discuss the implementation of their joint maritime security plan that was agreed upon in May. They will also discuss how to successfully rescue the hostages and if the Indonesian troops will finally be allowed to enter the Philippine territory.
On the other hand, Malaysia’s Coordinating Political, Legal, and Security Affairs Minister Luhut B. Pandjaitan said that Jakarta would respect the sovereignty of the Philippines and would not insist on entering its territory.
- Kami Media