Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines launch join maritime patrol

A Sukhoi SU-25 aircraft landing

A Sukhoi SU-25 aircraft landing

Indonesia navy soldiers rides a rubber boat doing ambush exercise during the launch of coordinated patrols to beef up security between Malaysia, Indonesia, and Philippine off the Tarakan sea, in Tarakan, Indonesia, June 19, 2017.

The collapse in security in Mindanao has raised alarm among Southeast Asian nations, as IS-linked groups are on the verge of establishing a caliphate in the region.

There has been renewed concern over Islamist activity in south-east Asia, particularly after extremists overran the city of Marawi on Mindanao island, Philippines almost a month ago.

The Trilateral Maritime Patrol Indomalphi - whose name incorporates elements of each of the three countries' names - was "initiated and implemented" by the governments of the "three in order to face the security challenges associated with each country's border waters", according to the statement.

"The series of piracy attacks accompanied by kidnappings that occurred frequently in the Sulu (Sea) waters have had a huge security impact on surrounding coastal countries ... and have pushed us to conduct a coordinated patrol among three countries", said Nurmantyo when the joint patrol was launched at the Indonesian island of Tarakan off Borneo island.

Indonesia, Malaysia and Philippines launched maritime patrols today to intensify their fight against militants who have laid siege to a southern Philippine city.

The presence of Indonesians and Malaysians, as well as other foreigners among the Maute militants fighting in Marawi, reinforces the appeal of the southern Philippines to extremists in the region who are loyal to the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

Maritime Command Centres (MCC) to coordinate the joint patrol have also been set up in Tarakan, as well as Tawau in Sabah, Malaysia, and Bongao, the capital of Tawi-Tawi province in the Philippines. Indonesian authorities have earlier warned there are about 1,200 Islamic State (IS) militants operating in the Philippines.

"With this trilateral cooperation it will ease the exchange of information because the speed and accuracy of information is very much needed to put in place measures and anticipate the possible escape of (militants) out of Marawi".

"Part of the problem is that borders in this archipelago are extremely porous".

"We see these functioning as a triangle, like a spider's web, where everything inside the triangle will be monitored", Indonesian military chief General Gatot Nurmantyo said as cited by Reuters.

"One thing that's needed is a common watch list so that all three countries are operating from the same information about who may be risky".

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