Following the abduction of seven Indonesians allegedly by Abu Sayyaf bandits, the Indonesian government has barred Indonesian vessels from sailing to the Philippines, an Indonesian news site reported late June 24.
Indonesian Transportation Ministry director general for sea transportation A. Tonny Budiono instructed seaport chiefs not to issue sailing permits for Philippine-bound Indonesian vessels, The Jakarta Post reported.
The instruction came after the abduction of seven Indonesian crewmembers of the Charles 001 and Robby 152 vessels off Southern Philippines, the report said.
“We take the piracy seriously and cannot tolerate similar incidents in the future. Therefore, I ask all navigation district heads to instruct all maritime radio communication stations to monitor and relay information on any indications and alerts as early as possible,” Tonny said.
He also ordered heads of sea bases to increase patrols and surveillance.
Earlier, Foreign Minister Retno LP Marsudi condemned the repeated abductions, including three incidents involving Indonesians. MC