PHILIPPINE National Police chief Director General Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa said he met up with his Malaysian and Indonesian counterparts during the 36th ASEANOPOL conference and discussed possible solution to the kidnappings by the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) on the high seas off Sulu victimizing Indonesian and Malaysian nationals.
De la Rosa said aside from the kidnapping problem terrorism, human trafficking, drugs and firearm smuggling were on the agenda of the ASEANOPOL summit.
“We also discussed problem sa South which is also a direct concern of Malaysia and Indonesia, yung kidnapping along the waters bordering sa Philippines, Indonesia and Malaysia. Isa yan sa mabigat na topic na tinalakay namin,” he said.
De la Rosa said representatives from Malaysia and Indonesia will come to the country to further discuss the ASG kidnapping problem and possibly craft a memorandum of understanding.
“Pupunta sila dito, (Malaysia, Indonesia). Meron kaming MOU na pipirmahan,” De la Rosa said.
The PNP chief explained that there are some minor issues that needed to be resolved first before they finalize the agreement.
He said the meeting is expected this August.
On July 18 five Malaysian crew of a tugboat were abducted by the bandits on the high seas off Lahad Datu, Sabah, bordering Tawi-Tawi.
The victims were identified as Abdurahim Bin Summas, Tayudin Anjut, Mohammad Jumadil Bin Rahim, Mohammad Ridzuan Bin Ismael and Fandy Bin Bakran.
The victims were onboard Tawau, Sabah based tugboat T/B Serudong 3 and Barge Serudong 4 when they were snatched by armed bandits.