- Title: Indonesian fishermen hope new joint sea patrol will keep them safe
- Date: 22nd June 2017
- Summary: AT SEA BETWEEN MALAYSIA AND PHILIPPINES (JUNE 19, 2017) (REUTERS) WARSHIPS FROM THREE NATIONS ON PATROL INDONESIAN WARSHIPS
- 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: LVA0016MCZZUT
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
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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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