PH military chief calls for stronger border security in wake of Jolo bombings

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MANILA, Philippines—Armed Forces of the Philippines chief of staff Lt. Gen. Gilbert Gapay called for stronger border security in the wake of the recent bombings in Jolo, Sulu, saying the Philippines’ coastlines and waterways have become “maneuver space” for terrorists.

“We have to beef up our maritime security,” Gapay told reporters on the sidelines of National Heroes’ Day commemoration in Taguig City on Monday (Aug. 31).

“That’s why we are calling on Coast Guard, in tandem with our Navy, Marina (Maritime Industry Authority), the PNP (Philippine National Police) to work together to secure our maritime borders,” he said.

Gapay also said that authorities should keep track of and…

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