Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines launch joint sea patrols

Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines launch joint sea patrols

Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines launch joint sea patrols

"The militants might flee the Philippines and were forced to cross the border to Indonesia", Air Force base in Tarakan chief Colonel Didik Krisyanto said.

Clashes in the city between the Philippine armed forces and militants, including many foreign fighters from Indonesia, Malaysia and elsewhere in the region who are loyal to the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), have continued into their fourth week.

This photograph the Indonesian National Armed Forces on Monday shows (front L to R) Indonesia's military chief Gatot Nurmantyo, Malaysia's armed forces chief Raja Mohamed Affandi, and Philippines' Chief of staff of the armed forces Eduardo Ano, (back L to R) Indonesia's minister of defense Ryamizard Ryacudu, Malaysia's minister of defence Hishammuddin Hussein, and Philippines' Secretary of National Defense Delfin Lorenzana, signing agreements for the "trilateral coordinated maritime patrol" in Tarakan, North Kalimantan.

Warships from Indonesia, the Philippines and Malaysia held manoeuvres today near a naval base in northern Borneo to mark the launch of coordinated patrols to beef up security in waters plagued by insurgencies and banditry. "More than that, we can prevent movements of personnel bound from one country to another who are fugitives of their own lands and seeking havens, and wanting to provide assistance to groups of jihadists".

Indonesian naval authorities had also asked local people including fishermen in border areas facing the Philippines to report any suspicious people, Antara reported.

The launch was attended by the three countries' defense ministers and marked by an Indonesian navy sail-past and a fly-past of Sukhoi fighter jets.

It includes information sharing and improved communications.

The TMP also creates joint air and sea patrols by the three nations.