Abu Sayyaf abducts MNLF integree PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 22 April 2017 17:17

By LIZA JOCSON

An integree of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) was the latest victim of abduction perpetrated by the Abu Sayyaf Group in Patikul, Sulu last Thursday.

Western Mindanao Command Spokesperson Capt Jo-Ann Petinglay identified the victim as Staff Sergeant Anni Siraji, a member of the 32nd Infantry Battalion under Joint Task Force Sulu.

Siraji was abducted by 7 unidentified suspects at around 9:30 Thursday morning while he was on the road going to Igasan, Patikul.

The perpetrators were believed to be members of the Abu Sayyaf.

Pursuit operations were immediately ordered by the Commanding Officer of the 32nd Infantry Battalion towards the general area where the perpetrators fled.

All troops were also alerted and tasked to join pursuit and blocking operations within the vicinity of the incident.

Western Mindanao Commander Lt. Gen Carlito Galvez expressed frustration over the incident where bandits victimized a member of their own tribe.

“It is frustrating that a Tausug soldier who wants a peaceful community and is working for it really hard so that an influx of progress will come in his home province will have to be a victim of the bandits,” Galvez said.

Joint Task Force Sulu Commander Brig Gen Cirilito Sobejana, for his part, said that the incident will motivate troops to continue military operations against the lawless group.

“The recent abduction incident involving our soldier should not be a reason for us to back out but should further motivate us to continue our relentless and sustained focused military operations against the ASG and the rescue of all kidnap victims,” says Sobejana. (Liza Jocson)