President Rodrigo Duterte instructed the Philippine Navy to rid Sulu Sea and Celebes Sea of pirates in order to reduce incidents of piracy in those waters. In his speech during the celebration of Bonifacio Day in Caloocan City on Saturday, Duterte said Chinese trawlers have been sailing international waters and nobody could stop them while they are in the high seas. “But if you commit piracy or piracy if you may, then that gives any nation the right to blow you—to blow you to the high heavens. And we are beset with piracy in the Celebes, Sulu Sea, and the Indonesian waters,” he said. “And my orders to the Navy, I repeat, my orders to the Navy, is that if they are positive that they are pirates, you blow them to kingdom come”. Duterte said he already talked with Indonesian President Joko Widodo and Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad on the problem of piracy in waters surrounding their countries.
SOUTHEAST ASIA – Duterte orders the Navy to engage pirates operating in Sulu and Celebes seas
A HONG KONG-FLAGGED CARGO VESSEL WAS ATTACKED SOUTH OF LAGOS WITHIN THE NIGERIAN EEZ. PIRATES ALLEGEDLY MANAGED TO BOARD THE VESSEL
FOUR KIDNAPPED AND ONE KILLED AS PIRATES PERFORM MULTIPLE ATTACKS IN THE GABON ESTUARY
MESAN PRESIDENT EXPOSED ISSUES CONCERNING MARITIME INSECURITY AND THE NIGERIAN MARITIME INDUSTRY
A MILITARY RESCUE OPERATION WAS LAUNCHED AFTER THAT THE SALAFI-JIHADI TERRORIST GROUP KIDNAPPED INDONESIAN FISHERMEN AND A FILIPINO DOCTOR IN THE PROVINCE