Memo of understanding eyed to fight piracy in high seas

A MEMORANDUM of understanding is being eyed by President Rodrigo Duterte with the Indonesian Government in a bid to stop piracy in the high seas.

Duterte, in his working visit in Indonesia Friday, September 9, said he planned to ask Indonesian President Joko Widodo to issue a memorandum wherein the Philippine and Indonesian authorities "could cross borders after pirates and criminals."

During the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) meetings, Duterte said he personally told Widodo that Indonesians, who are pursuing pirates, are welcome to enter the Philippine waters to "blast off" the criminals.

Widodo has yet to issue a reply to Duterte's statement as of Friday evening.

The two leaders met at the presidential palace in Indonesia Friday afternoon for a bilateral meeting.

The Indonesian Government hosted a state dinner for the Philippine delegates before Duterte fled back to Davao Friday evening.

In the past, the Philippines has been conducting joint border patrol exercises with Asean neighboring countries like Indonesia and Malaysia.
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