Abu Sayyaf team heads towards Malaysia on the hunt for kidnap targets


Sam Chambers

The International Maritime Bureau (IMB) Piracy Reporting Centre has been alerted by Malaysian intelligence that an Abu Sayyaf kidnap for ransom group left Jolo Island in the far south of the Philippines, yesterday destined for Sabah, Malaysia.

Security consultants Ambrey suggest the target area is understood to be around Felda Sahabat and Tambisan.

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Source: splash247.com

Commentary: A cat-and-mouse game between pirates and Southeast Asian maritime security authorities

Despite stepped-up law enforcement in Southeast Asia’s seas, today’s pirates are one step ahead of authorities, says Eric Frécon.

SINGAPORE: “A lion never dies; it sleeps”, says an African proverb.

The same can be said for Southeast Asian pirates and sea robbers, long neglected after the academic and diplomatic world chose to refocus on illegal fishing in the South China Sea in recent years given rising tensions in those disputed waters.

Like the phoenix, regional pirates and sea robbers may rise from the ashes.

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Source: channelnewsasia.com

Law amended to protect jobs of seafarers abducted at sea

Fabian Koh

Seafarers who are abducted by pirates or armed robbers in an attack at sea will stay employed and be paid their salaries while being held captive, said Senior Minister of State for Transport Lam Pin Min yesterday.

It does not matter whether the seafarer’s employment contract has expired or that either party to the contract has given notice to suspend or terminate it, he added.

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Source: straitstimes.com

Filipino doctor rescued after being kidnapped by gunmen

MANILA, March 25 (Xinhua) — Philippine security forces have rescued a Filipino doctor who was abducted by several gunmen of the extremist group Abu Sayyaf in remote Sulu province in the southern Philippines last month, a military general said on Wednesday.

Lieutenant General Cirilito Sobejana, commander of the Armed Forces of the Philippines’ Western Mindanao Command in Zamboanga City, said troops found the victim in a village near Indanan town in Sulu province around 7:30 p.m. local time on Tuesday after he was freed.

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Source: china.org.cn

Singapore Bans Crew Changes

The Singapore Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) has extended its COVID-19 precautionary measures to include a ban on crew changes. The MPA also urges all crew members onboard to have their temperature taken twice daily.

With the application of the additional precautionary measures, crew and passengers on short-term visits will not be allowed to disembark in Singapore.

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Source: maritime-executive.com

2 suspects in abduction of teacher in Sulu arrested

By Nonoy Lacson 

ZAMBOANGA CITY – Police and military authorities arrested, Saturday night two members of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) who were considered principal suspects in the kidnapping of a public elementary school teacher in this city last year.

Police Regional Office for Zamboanga Peninsula (PRO-9) Director Police Brig Gen Froilan F. Quidilla identified the alleged ASG members as Erma Sahibol, alias Emz, and Kimar Juram, alias Monica.

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Source: news.mb.com.ph

2 Filipinos arrested for smuggling gas off Sabah


Two Filipinos were arrested off Sabah last weekend after they were caught smuggling 980 liters of petrol worth around RM1,783, the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency said.

MMEA Lahad Datu director maritime commander Abdul Muhaimin Muhammad Salleh said the Filipinos were intercepted 0.3 nautical miles south of Kampung Kenali 8 p.m. March 14. He said MMEA personnel in a decoy boat intercepted the boat during a special operation in Felda Sahabat waters.

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Source: politics.com.ph