The delegates from the TNI headed by the Assistant for Operations to the TNI C-in-C and the AFP headed by the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations met at the Parklane Hotel in Jakarta last 12-14 July 2016 in order to follow through on an earlier discussion between the Indonesian and Philippine Ministers of Defense to prevent any further incidents of armed robbery at sea and kidnapping in the maritime areas of interest two both countries.
It was earlier agreed by both Defense Ministers that bilateral cooperation to secure the waters on the border of the two countries shall be governed by the 1975 RP-RI Border Patrol Agreement. This agreement is implemented through the RI-RPBC Forum (Republic of Indonesia and Republic of Philippines Border Committee) which is co-chaired by the TNI Eastern Fleet Commander, and the AFP’s Commander of Eastern Mindanao Command.
In principle, it was concurred by both delegations that they will immediately pursue more pro-active and preventive measures in the common areas of maritime concern consistent with the Indonesian-Philippine 1975 Border Patrol Agreement and relevant international maritime conventions, which will ensure the security and safety of seafarers and commerce in areas where armed robbery at sea and kidnapping occur. Among the measures agreed on are the inclusion of the AFP’s Western Mindanao Command in the border patrol activities; the conduct of maritime patrols and/or passing exercise by respective navies together; and the development of a protocol for a security corridor, and the elaborate to assign armed security personnel onboard merchant vessel of the respective countries.
The recent meeting is part of a continuing dialogue between the two armed forces to discuss ways and means of improving maritime security in the common border areas.