- Japan to help the Philippines to counter surge in piracy
- The Japanese government will build 4 coast guard radar stations in Sulu-Celebes Seas
- Incidents of kidnappings of crew from ocean-going merchant vessels in Sulu-Celebes Seas were attributed to the Abu Sayyaf Group
The Japanese government will build four coast guard radar stations on the islands in the Sulu-Celebes Seas that separate the Philippines and Indonesia.
According to Japan Times, sources privy to the plan said President Rodrigo Duterte and Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzo will sign an agreement to fund the radar stations and training the Philippine Coast Guard early next week.
“The seas in that area are an important waterway for merchant ships traveling to Japanese ports,” one of the sources, who requested anonymity due to lack of authority to talk to the media, said.
Several reported incidents of kidnappings of crew from ocean-going merchant vessels in Sulu-Celebes Seas were attributed to the Mindanao-based terrorists, Abu Sayyaf Group.
“Japan is aware of the need to counter piracy in the region and is keen to help, but we can’t discuss individual projects,” an official at Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.
The construction of the radar stations will be funded from Japan’s Overseas Development Aid budget.