Duterte satisfied with ongoing ops vs Abus PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 23 July 2016 11:57

President Rodrigo Duterte expressed his satisfaction on the operations being conducted by Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) units against Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) bandits in Basilan.

This was stressed by AFP public affairs office chief Col. Edgard Arevalo in a message Thursday.

“I am with you in the punitive and law enforcement actions against the terrorist Abu Sayyaf Group,” the military official quoted the President as saying.

Duterte also told troopers, who gathered to meet him to,” just do your job” and promised that, “if you will fall into trouble, or face cases due to such lawful performance of your duties, I will take the cudgels for you.”

The President was earlier briefed by 104th Infantry Brigade commander Col. Cirilo Tomas Donato on the progress of the anti-ASG operations in Basilan.

Present during the briefing, which was held at 104th Infantry Brigade headquarters in Tabiawan town, Isabela, were AFP chief-of-staff Gen. Ricardo Visaya, and heads of the Army, Navy, and Air Force and other ranking military and police officials.

After the briefing, the President had a met and greet with Basilan residents who patiently waited and had “selfies” with those who requested.

In his extemporaneous speech, Duterte first thanked the “Moros” for the votes they casted in his favor that credited to his winning the presidency.

He exhorted the latter to remove hatred in their hearts and start the national healing process and admonished the ASG for their numerous crimes.

After his address, Duterte spearheaded the ceremonial distribution of goods and had another photo-opportunity with soldiers and police before having another dialogue with Basilan local chief executives.

Afterwards, the President and his party had aerial inspection of the Basilan Circumferential Road before proceeding to Western Mindanao Command headquarters in Camp General Navarro, Zamboanga City where he was given foyer honors and information briefing by WMC head Lt. Gen. Mayoralgo Dela Cruz.

“Talk to men will follow, briefing is still in progress (as this time),” Arevalo said.