'I'll feed them to the sharks'
JAKARTA - President Rodrigo Duterte is working with Indonesian President Joko Widodo to craft measures that would solve piracy in the high seas between the Philippines and Indonesia, Duterte reiterated on Friday afternoon.
Duterte said he considered writing a "note verbale" that would authorize Indonesian forces to enter the Philippines' "jurisdictional waters" while on hot pursuit of pirates being chased out of Indonesian territory.
"They (Indonesian forces) can go ahead and blast them off. That's the agreement," Duterte said, noting that Philippine forces would be given the same courtesy should the chase start within the Philippines' jurisdiction.
"When you are a pirate, you can be arrested by any nation because piracy is a crime against humanity," Duterte said.
In the event that hostages are on board the hijacked ship, the Filipino leader said authorities can opt to "crowd them in, arrest them and execute them."
"Maybe there are sharks around. I'll just feed them to the sharks," Duterte said.
The 71-year-old commander-in-chief said he intends to forge the same agreement with Malaysia.
"I hope we can hammer out and craft something that is useful and functional to control crime in the area," Duterte said.
"It's only Malaysia and Indonesia that can help us, nobody else," he said.