Duterte orders navy to kill pirates
Published on: Monday, December 02, 2019
By: ABS CBN News
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MANILA: President Rodrigo Duterte ordered the Philippine Navy to eliminate pirates in the Sulu and Celebes seas to stop the problem of piracy in the waters.

“If they (Philippine Navy) are positive that they (suspects) are pirates, you blow them to kingdom come,” Duterte said during the Bonifacio Day celebration at the Andres Bonifacio Monument in Caloocan.

“You kill them all,” Duterte said.

Duterte said he recently told Indonesian President Joko Widodo and Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad to form a task group to hunt pirates lurking the waters bordering their countries.

“I said it’s high time that we form a task force, not to intrude into waters of other countries, but just to patrol your waters incessantly and accurately,” the President said.

Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines have been conducting naval patrols in the Sulu Sea since 2017 to curb cross-border kidnapping-for-ransom activities in the area.

Patrols in the waters bordering the three Southeast Asian countries were stepped up in 2017 after authorities intensified operations against such activities blamed on Islamic State-linked rebels based in the southern Philippines.


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