AFP to deploy K-9 teams to locate German hostages PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 07 October 2014 14:18

The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) will deploy K-9 teams in Sulu to track down and pressure the Abu Sayyaf members holding German tourists, a military information chief said Monday.

“The CSAFP (AFP chief of staff) has directed different units of the Armed Forces to compose K-9 tracking unit in order to help locate the Abu Sayyaf bandits who are believed to be holding the German hostages,” Lt. Col. Harold Cabunoc, AFP pulic affairs office chief told reporters.

“The intent is to put pressure on them (Abu Sayyaf) and possibly leading to the rescue or release of the hostages,” he said, adding that they are still in the process of consolidating the list of K-9 teams.

He said the AFP supports the government position of not negotiating with terrorists but they will work closely with the local crisis management committee which is tasked to facilitate necessary actions for the release of the German tourists.

Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin announced on Sept. 26 that, to “stop the Abu Sayyaf once and for all,” army troops will be dispatched to Sulu to help the marines there.

Gazmin has announced the Philippines would not negotiate with the Abu Sayyaf over its demands for about $5.62 million in ransom for the Germans.

Pressure on abductors

Cabunoc believed the move will not endanger the lives of the hostages but it will put pressure on the abductors.

“We have to put pressure all the time. Kasi sa side ng Abu Sayyaf ginagamit nila, ‘pag sila ay nakakapag-roam freely e sila ay nagdi-dictate ng tempo. We must be the one dictating the tempo,” he said.

Cabunoc noted that the same strategy was employed in 2000 when 13 members of the Jesus Miracle Crusade were held hostage by Abu Sayyaf.

“The troops of the 59th Infantry Battalion and the Light Reaction Battalion, including Scout Rangers and Special Forces, were deployed in order to put pressure on them and this particular action led to the release of the hostages without any firefight and we want to put this scenario today,” he said.

He said the presence of the troops and the tracking dogs would help in accurately tracking the movement of the abductors and contain them in a smaller area.

Aside from from the K-9 teams, the AFP is also doing patrols.

“Ang kagandahan kasi sa K-9 naaamoy nila kung saan pumunta. Sa patrols kasi ang ginagamit natin sa tao i-analyze mo ‘yung tracks, almost the same. Ang kagandahan sa aso, maaamoy mo, ma-distinguish mo na itong dumaan dito ay farmer, hindi ito ‘yung grupo. ‘Yun ang kaibahan e. Mas accurate ka kahit konti lang ang tropa mo,” he said.

He also assured that the other hostages are not being left out.

Dapat malaman nila na hindi namin pababayaan ‘yung lahat ng hostages, regardless of race, at lahat ito ay to ensure na matutunton natin. Kasi iba-iba naman ang location nila kaya magde-deploy ang AFP ng K-9 tracking dogs,” he said. — GMA News