Akbar backs offensive vs bandits PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 26 October 2011 17:35

Basilan Gov. Jum Akbar yesterday said she supports the decision of President Benigno Simeon Aquino, III to conduct offensive against the criminal elements including the Abu Sayyaf bandits involved in the killing of 19 soldiers in the province.

Aquino has ordered Monday a military offensive against the killers of the 19 soldiers following a meeting with top government officials in Malacañang. 

Akbar said it is high time these criminal elements and bandits to be pursued and captured “so they could face the consequences of the atrocities they are committing and have committed.”

Akbar said the existence of these criminal elements hinder the implementation of development projects in the province particularly in the town of Al-Barka, which forms part of Tipo-Tipo municipality before.

Al-Barka is a 6th class municipality comprising of 16 villages and was created through Muslim Mindanao Autonomy Act No. 191 which was ratified by plebiscite on May 22, 2006.

One of the 10 targets of the military and police operations ordered by the President is Dan Laksaw Asnawi, the deputy commander of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front’s (MILF) 114th Base Command, which engaged the Special Forces troops  on Oct. 18 in Sitio Bakisung, Barangay Cambug, Al-Barka in which 19 died.

Akbar said she deeply sympathize with the families of the 19 slain soldiers who sacrifice their lives to bring about peace in Basilan province.

“It’s a big sacrifice for them to serve and help attain peace in a place stranger to them,” she added.

She also sympathize with the victims of last Monday’s ambush in Sumisip wherein the victims are workers of the Tumahubong Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Integrated Development Cooperative (TARBIDC).

She urged the civilians to help the military and police pinpoint the whereabouts of these criminal elements by way of providing timely information to the authorities.