Joint air patrols for SE Asia

Philippines, Malaysia and Indonesia to mount joint air patrols to guard against common threats

Defence ministers see emergence of Daesh-like entity in Southeast Asia

Gilbert P. Felongco, Correspondent

Manila: Defence ministers of the Philippines, Malaysia and Indonesia are considering launching joint air patrols over transit corridors, in a bid to address common security and peace concerns in areas infested by militants.

Meeting in Hawaii for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)-United States Defence Dialogue last October 1, Philippine Defence Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, and Malaysian and Indonesian Defence Ministers Hishammudin Hussain and Ryamizard Ryacudu, agreed to explore the possibility of mounting joint air patrols in common border areas where pirates and terror groups like the Abu Sayyaf operate.

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