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Framework: Trilateral Cooperative Arrangement

Requested from DND by Luis Gabriel Alfonso Estrada at 10:02 AM on May 02, 2019.
Purpose: Research (Policy Analysis / Foreign Policy)
Date of Coverage: 01/01/2016 - 01/01/2017
Tracking no: #DND-045381372979

Luis Gabriel Alfonso 10:02 AM, May 02, 2019

Good day,
May I request a copy of the Trilateral Cooperative Arrangement between the Philippines, Malaysia, and Indonesia to address maritime crime in the Sulu and Celebes seas.

Dir. Arsenio 03:19 PM, May 06, 2019

May 6, 2019

Dear Luis Gabriel Alfonso,

Thank you for your request dated May 02, 2019 under Executive Order No. 2 (s. 2016) on Freedom of Information in the Executive Branch, for Framework: Trilateral Cooperative Arrangement.

We received your request on May 02, 2019 and will respond on or before May 23, 2019 10:02:32 AM, in accordance with the Executive Order's implementing rules and regulations.

Should you have any questions regarding your request, kindly contact me using the reply function on the eFOI portal at, for request with ticket number #DND-045381372979.

Thank you.


Dir. Arsenio Andolong
FOI Officer
Dear Mr. Luis Gabriel Alfonso Estrada,

     This pertains to your request dated 02 May 2019 for a copy of the Trilateral
Cooperative Arrangement among Indonesia, Malaysia, and the Philippines on immediate measures to address security issues in the maritime areas of the common concern.

      Please be informed that our aim is to provide information whenever possible. However, in this instance, we are unable to provide the information you have requested because of the exception under Section 2 of the List of Exceptions to Executive Order No. 2 s. 2016 applies to the said Trilateral Cooperative Arrangement. The said section provides for the exception to the right to access to privileged information relating to national security, defense or international relations. In particular, access cannot be granted since the said contract is covered by the “security” provision wherein disclosure is prohibited.

     If you are not satisfied with this response, you may request for an internal review of such response by writing to the Undersecretary for National Defense who heads the Central Appeals and Review Committee. Your appeal should explain why you are dissatisfied with this response, and should be made within 15 calendar days from receipt hereof. It shall be decided by the Department Secretary upon the recommendation of the Committee within 30 working days from the filing of said written appeal after which you will be notified of the result.

     In the case the same appeal is denied after a review, you have the right to appeal to the Office of the President under Administrative Order No. 22 s. 2011.

Thank you.

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