Author Topic: PHL Navy, Coast Guard free to ‘blast’ fleeing kidnappers – Duterte  (Read 1969 times)


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GMA news - January 15, 2017
President Rodrigo Duterte revealed during a Saturday night speech in Davao City that Philippine security forces in hot pursuit of a kidnap gang's sea vessel were free to open fire on alleged kidnappers, and hostages killed in the process should be considered as "collateral damage."

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Duterte also revealed that Malaysian and Indonesian security forces were free to enter Philippine waters while in hot pursuit of kidnappers, provided no Philippine Navy nor Coast Guard vessels were available in the area.

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The waters between the Philippines and Malaysia has become dangerous for merchant shipping due to rising threat of kidnappings, the International Maritime Bureau said this week.