Sulu governor gives speed boat to marines PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 05 July 2014 11:33

Sulu Governor Abdusakur “Totoh” A Tan Jr and Vice Governor Abdusakur M Tan on Tuesday turned over a 32-footer, 600 horse power (3 outboard motors) speed boat to Brig. Gen. Martin N. Pinto, commander of the 2nd Marine Brigade, in a simple ceremony at Jolo Pier.

This is a welcome move by the provincial government, a manifestation of the strong partnership and collaboration of the local government and the Armed Forces of the Philippines.

The said water craft is capable of conducting maritime patrols to intercept and apprehend lawless elements engaged in illegal activities particularly kidnapping.

The speed boat, a Malaysian made watercraft, will enhance the capability of the AFP in maritime law enforcement operations within the waters of Sulu and nearby island municipalities. Present during the turn over ceremony was Brig. Gen. Orlando DeLeon Western Mindanao Command deputy commander and commander, Joint Task Force BASULTA (Basilan Sulu Tawi-Tawi).

For several weeks now, the Marines, in coordination with the local PNP, are intensifying the conduct of law enforcement operations to locate and neutralize the ASG who are responsible for the series of atrocities and kidnapping activities in Sulu.