ASG member killed in Sulu Print
Tuesday, 19 June 2018 15:17

One (1) Abu Sayaff Group (ASG) member was killed during a pursuit operation conducted by troops of the Joint Task Force Sulu at SitioSailih of Barangay Panglayahan in Patikul municipality around 6:20 p.m. last night (16 June 2018).

Brigadier General Divino Rey C Pabayo, Commander of the Joint Task Force Sulu, said that encounters started yesterday at exactly 3:20 pm at the said barangay when elements of the 32nd Infantry Battalion under Lieutenant Colonel Ronaldo Mateo engaged a group of around forty (40) ASG led by a certain HajaanSawadjaan.

Exchange of fires lasted for 35 minutes with no reported casualty among the government forces.

Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) and personal belongings of the bandits were also recovered at the encounter site.

“We are thankful for the information given by the local populace every time the bandits come to the area.

This only shows that the people is fed up of the menace brought by the ASG and because they want to move forward towards peace and development in their locality”, said BGen Pabayo.

Lieutenant General Arnel B Dela Vega, Commander of the Western Mindanao said, “Our intensified security operation against the ASG is meant to finish off the bandits so that people in the area can live in peace.

Aside from protecting the people, we also have to secure on-going government flagship projects there that are meant to deliver services to the communities.”

“The ASG has brought so much destruction in Southern Mindanao so we really have to join hands in defeating them.

Of course, they can yield to the government and opt to live peacefully with their family”, Lt Gen Dela Vega explained.

For this year alone, almost a hundred ASG members have re-joined their families after yielding to the Armed Forces in coordination with the local government units in various municipalities of Sulu and Basilan alone.

Immediate assistance was extended to them while sustainable livelihood package is being formulated to finally help them become productive members of their respective communities.(WESTMINCOM PR)