Marcos urges offensive against Abu Sayyaf PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 22 November 2015 14:33

Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., on Thursday called on the military and police to mount an all-out offensive against the Abu Sayyaf as he condemned the beheading of a Malaysian hostage.

Marcos viewed the savage murder of the foreign hostage as a slap on the face of Philippine authorities as it was done at the time when Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak is in the country to attend the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC).

Marcos was referring to the beheading of Bernard Then Te Fen who was kidnapped by ASG last May in Sabah, Malaysia along with Thien Nyuk Fun.

Thien was released last week after a ransom was reportedly paid.

While the government already condemned the savage killing of the hostage, Marcos said the country should come up with more concrete actions in order to regain from the embarrassment brought by the ASG’s barbaric acts.

“Condemnation of this dastardly act won’t be enough. The only way we can recover from this black eye is for our military and police to bring these criminals to justice the soonest possible time,” he added.

The senator believes that the military and police are capable of neutralizing the group behind the acts of kidnapping, beheadings, extortion and bomb attacks in Southern Philippines.

Marcos earlier called on military and Police intelligence units to intensify its monitoring operations on the activities of armed groups in the country following the reported attempts of ISIS to form an official faction in Southeast Asia.

Marcos also cited the reports of the Strait Times saying militants aim to bring together to the fold of ISIS terror groups in Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines including the Jemaah Islamiah and the Abu Sayyaf.

The report tagged former University Malaya lecturer Dr. Mahmud Ahmad as leading the effort to form a regional ISIS faction in Southeast Asia, assisted by his cohorts Mohd Najib Husen and Muhammad Joraimee Awang Raimee.

Marcos said intelligence officials should continue their intelligence gathering efforts including the exchange of information with their counterparts in the region to strengthen the network of defense against terrorist plot