Posted on February 20, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis
President of the Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte, has urged the governments of Malaysia and Indonesia to band together with the Philippines in order to combat piracy and prevent the kidnapping of seafarers in Southeast Asia.
This call to action on Duterte’s behalf, was part of a speech he gave on the 19th of February, commemorating the 25th-anniversary celebration of the Brunei Darussalam-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines East Association of Southeast Asian Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA).
“Our navies must be vigilant. We have to be one in our patrols. These pirates, they have no souls -- I assure you -- just like me. I am telling the military forces, finish them (pirates) off.
"Once again, Indonesia and Malaysia, we have to band together. The world is changing including the economy. It could either go bad or very bad or where it could go well. But we have to go to a bad level and I hope we can survive it," said Duterte during his speech.
Pirate attacks in the Philippines and the surrounding region have escalated over the last few years, with kidnappings of seafarers becoming an ever-increasing sight.
Duterte went on to express his dissatisfaction with the lack of justice for victims of piracy.
"But let me be very clear to the heads of state. My orders to my navy is to blast them off the earth. If there are pirates in our territory or in the high seas, my orders are blast them to kingdom come," he said.