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Philippines, Indonesia begin joint border patrol on common boundaries vs. terrorism
DAVAO CITY, Philippines — The naval crew members joining the Philippine-Indonesia Coordinated Patrol (CORPAT) 2017 have been formally presented earlier in Davao City.
Today is the start of the naval exercises which aim to hone the skills of the two Southeast Asian nations’ naval forces, especially in combatting terrorism and extremism in common boundaries.
The naval exercises will run for seven days. It will include communication drill exercises like radio check, semaphore, flashing lights and ship maneuvers.
The Eastern Mindanao Command said the naval drills are important as there is existing threat of terrorism and transnational crimes.
Eastern Mindanao Command Deputy Commander, BGen. Gilbert Gapay said, “This year it is timely, the conduct of this coordinated patrol because of the ongoing Marawi crisis we have. So this would also contribute in tightening the security among our borders.”
On Thursday, the naval crew will have a stopover on Balut Island in Saranggani for a medical mission to be conducted by the military medical personnel.
The coordinated patrol will end on July 12, wherein the closing ceremony will be held in Manado, Indonesia. — Leslie Longboen | UNTV News & Rescue
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