AFP: No let up in pursuit operations vs Abus in Sulu PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 24 October 2014 12:56

The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) announced that there will be no let up in the pursuit operations against the Abu Sayyaf brigands who are still believed holding more than 10 hostages in the hinterlands of Sulu.

AFP information officer Lt. Col. Harold Cabunoc said in an interview Thursday that Joint Task Group Sulu commander Col. Alan Arrojado is personally supervising the pursuit operations.

“Col. Arrojado goes together with the troops in scouring the mountains because he is personally supervising the ongoing operations,” Cabunoc said.

Earlier, the troops have captured three camps of the Abu Sayyaf brigands in the municipality of Patikul, Sulu.

One of the three camps, which has 47 bunkers, was captured by the troops from the Army’s 32nd Infantry Battalion (IB) in Barangay Buhanginan, Patikul while the other two by the 35th IB in Barangay Kabuntakas in the same town.

Arrojado said one of the captured camps in Barangay Kabuntakas can accommodate 100 people while the other serves as a security outpost with a 10-person capacity.

Cabunoc said the troops are also exerting efforts to locate the exact whereabouts of the hostages as ordered by AFP Chief-of-Staff Gen. Gregorio Pio Catapang, Jr.

Cabunoc said they believed the hostages are being held captives by separate groups of Abu Sayyaf brigands.

Cabunoc said there is a possibility that some of the hostages are in Basilan province, mainland Zamboanga and Tawi-Tawi aside from Sulu.

“As of now there is no visual or eye contacts (about the hostages) and what we have are all pass-on information concerning the presence of hostages in a particular area,” Cabunoc added.

He disclosed that they have also tapped the assistance of the community leaders to locate the hostages.

He disclosed that the pursuit operations are being conducted in different areas of Sulu aside from the municipality of Patikul.

“We have operations in different places but I cannot disclosed the area due to operational security,”