- Title: Indonesian fishermen hope new joint sea patrol will keep them safe
- Date: 22nd June 2017
- Summary: THREE DEFENCE MINISTERS WATCHING MALAYSIAN AND PHILIPPINES WARSHIPS ON PATROL TARAKAN, NORTH KALIMANTAN, INDONESIA (JUNE 18, 2017) (REUTERS) FISHING BOATS DOCKING FISHERMEN WORKING UNDER TENT VARIOUS OF FISHERMAN HAULING FISH VILLAGERS TARAKAN FISHERMAN, MANTANG, LOOKING ON HAND GRILLING FISH ELDERLY WOMAN (SOUNDBITE) (Bahasa Indonesia) TARAKAN FISHERMAN, MANTANG SAYING: "This is the first time I heard about this patrol that starts this year, in 2017. Because in the past they (coastal guards) didn't do anything. They only patrol the area when there have been events of piracy." MANTANG (SOUNDBITE) (Bahasa Indonesia) TARAKAN FISHERMAN, MANTANG SAYING: "I was robbed once. There were three people with guns and they took all the machines on board. They showed mercy to me as I brought my kids along, but sometimes they take the passengers," PEOPLE SITTING VILLAGER HAJI SAMSUDDIN'S HANDS (SOUNDBITE) (Bahasa Malaysia) VILLAGER, HAJI SAMSUDDIN SAYING: "I will feel safe in this area if the patrol is carried out as promised." REPORTER ASK: How so? "Because I would feel that someone is watching over me." VILLAGE AND DOCK VILLAGE FISHERMAN ON BOAT DOCKED BOATS FISHING NET ON BOAT MAN HANDLING FISHING NET FISHERMEN PREPARING BOAT FISHERMEN, BOATS, AND VILLAGE
- Embargoed: 6th July 2017 08:06
- Keywords: Indonesia fishermen fishing village sea patrol Philippines Malaysia reaction
- Location: TARAKAN, INDONESIA / AT SEA
- City: TARAKAN, INDONESIA / AT SEA
- Country: Indonesia
- Topics: Diplomacy/Foreign Policy,Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA0036MCZZUT
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In a village in Tarakan, Indonesia, which is between both Malaysia and the Philippines, fishermen have reported being kidnapped and hijacked for decades in the resource-rich waters.
They hope that a high-profile joint patrol launched this week in the lawless seas between Indonesia, Philippines and Malaysia will bring peace at last.
Sixty-year-old fisherman Mantang, who, like many Indonesians goes with one name, was robbed in the middle of the ocean once. He hopes the newly-inaugurated patrol operations will be consistent.
Insurgency groups in southern Philippines like Abu Sayyaf, which pledge support for Islamic State, has made tens of millions of dollars from ransom money after hijacking boats and tankers on the busy sea trade lane, security experts say, channelling it into guns, grenade launchers, high-powered boats and modern equipment.
This week's joint patrol launch came after a spate of kidnappings by Abu Sayyaf last year and the recent fights against insurgence groups in southern Philippines' Marawi.
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