Monday, July 16, 2018
  • share this

Indonesia deploys fighter jets to prevent Maute from entering territory

/ 11:26 AM June 19, 2017

A delegation led by Defense Minister Ryamizard Ryacudu arrived at Tarakan Air Base in North Kalimantan on June 18. During his visit, Ryamizard was to attend a ceremony to launch a trilateral maritime patrol on Monday. The Jakarta Post/Asia News Network

At least three Sukhoi jet fighters have been deployed to Tarakan, a town in North Kalimantan near the maritime border with the southern Philippines, to guard against insurgency and prevent Islamic State-linked Maute terrorists from entering Indonesia.

An ongoing battle between the Maute group and Philippines’ military in Marawi city on Mindanao Island in the Philippines has sparked concern in Indonesia that it might force the group members to flee the area and attempt to get into Indonesia.

The three Sukhoi jets were parked at the Tarakan Air Force base on Sunday afternoon, The Jakarta Post reporter observed.


The Sukhoi jets, which were deployed on Friday, would strengthen the military patrols that are already being conducted near the border with the Philippines, as reported by Antara news agency on Sunday. The jets would remain there for one month.

“The militants might flee the Philippines and be forced to cross the border into Indonesia,” Tarakan Air Force base chief Colonel Didik Krisyanto said on Sunday as quoted by Antara.

On Monday, defense ministers from Indonesia, the Philippines, and Malaysia launched a Trilateral Maritime Patrol, a joint patrol designed to drive back any insurgencies in the region. The event was also attended by defense ministers from Singapore and Brunei, both acting as observers./rga

Inquirer calls for support for the victims in Marawi City

Responding to appeals for help, the Philippine Daily Inquirer is extending its relief to victims of the attacks in Marawi City

Cash donations may be deposited in the Inquirer Foundation Corp. Banco De Oro (BDO) Current Account No: 007960018860.

Inquiries may be addressed to Inquirer’s Corporate Affairs office through Connie Kalagayan at 897-4426, and Bianca Kasilag-Macahilig at 897-8808 local 352,

For donation from overseas:

Inquirer Foundation Corp account:

Inquirer Foundation Corp. Banco De Oro (BDO) Current Account No: 007960018860

Swift Code: BNORPHMM

Don't miss out on the latest news and information.
View comments

Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.

TAGS: Global Nation, Indonesia, Marawi, Maute, Mindanao, Philippines, Terrorism
For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.

© Copyright 1997-2018 | All Rights Reserved

We use cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. By continuing, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more, please click this link.