Pursuit vs Abus no easy task — task group chief PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 22 October 2014 12:00

While understanding the public clamor for the neutralization and the safe rescue of the remaining hostages, Joint Task Group Sulu commander Col. Alan Arrojado, said that conducting pursuit operations against heavily-armed and desperate members of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) is no easy task.

The military officer made this statement when asked on how soon government forces can neutralize the bandit group.

“What our soldiers are doing right now is called ‘tactical movement’. All actions in this phase must be deliberate in order to avoid needless casualties caused by a possible enemy ambush,” Arrojado said in Filipino.

Two brigades are currently aiding the police in law enforcement operations in Sulu.

He said troops are carefully tracking down the ASG which has splintered into small groups and mingled with nearby civilian communities.

“We can’t just bomb or fire on those barangays as we don’t want to spill innocent civilians and harm the remaining hostages,” he said.

Arrojado added that making their task more difficult is the forested and difficult terrain of Sulu province.