Duterte to allow Indonesia to 'blast off pirates' in PH waters

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte is set to ink an agreement with Indonesia President Joko Widodo, allowing the Indonesian government to “blast off” pirates heading to the Philippine waters.

Speaking before the Filipinos at Indonesia’s Shangri-La Hotel on Friday, Duterte said he may issue a “note verbale,” which will give the Indonesian forces the right to enter the Philippines waters, in order to address the growing maritime piracy.

“I’m here [in Indonesia] to get an agreement with him (Widodo) because there is so much piracy in the seas – in the high seas between Malaysia, Philippines, and Indonesia,” the President said.

Duterte said that the Indonesia will be given consent to enter the Philippine waters while on “hot pursuit” of pirates being chased out of Indonesian territorial towers.

“They (Indonesian authorities) can go ahead and blast them off. That’s the agreement,” Duterte said.

“The rule of the international water is this: If you are a pirate, you can be arrested by any nation because piracy is a crime against humanity,” he added.

Duterte also said that if there is hostage onboard the hijacked ship, he would allow the Indonesian authorities to “crowd them (pirates) in, arrest them, and execute them.”

“In the Philippines, it’s not allowed to. That’s why I said that, ‘Maybe there are sharks around and just feed them to the sharks. It would make them fat,’” he said.

The President said he would also to Malaysia to sign a similar agreement.

“I hope we can hammer out and craft something that is useful and functional to control crime in the area. It’s only in Malaysia and Indonesia that can help us, nobody else,” Duterte said.

Southeast Asia, according to reports, remains a top haven for seafaring pirates. Philippines, Indonesia, and Malaysia are among the regions that are reportedly targets of the pirates. (Sunnex)
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