AFP WestMinCom confident of Abu Sayyaf collapse

admin   •   April 2, 2018   •   3960

 

In a statement, Western Mindanao Command (WestMinCom) commander Lt. Gen. Carlito Galvez Jr. said that the unified command is confident that the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) will soon collapse based on the continuous surrender of its members.

The Armed Forces of the Philippines Western Mindanao Command appreciates the continuous surrender of Abu Sayyaf terrorists.

Among the latest surrenderers is Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) sub-leader, Nhurhassan Jamiri; the group’s overall commander in Basilan. He also served as the operations officer and chief of the urban terrorist group in Basilan.

Along with 13 of his comrades, Jamiri turned over a number of high-powered firearms to the military.

Jamiri surrendered two days after President Rodrigo Duterte visited Sulu to urge members of the ASG to surrender. He also vowed to provide housing and livelihood aid to surrendering bandits.

Speaking before 76 ASG surrenderers in the province, the president reiterated that he has no grudges against the terrorist group.

He also expressed willingness to talk to the Abu Sayyaf.

“I’m not dreaming. Only those who would want to surrender. Those who would want to fight, wala naman tayong magawa. Sabihin mo, ‘Huwag’, kung gusto niya wala ka ring magawa,” Duterte said during his speech in Sulu.

(I’m not dreaming. Only those who would want to surrender. Those who would want to fight, we can’t do anything about them. Even if you tell them “Stop”, there’s nothing you can do if they don’t want to.)

Western Mindanao Command (WestMinCom) is confident that the bandit group’s leadership will soon collapse based on the continuous surrender of its members.

“We are indeed seeing the eventual collapse of the group, as what our Secretary of National Defense Delfin Lorenzana had said in his earlier statement,” WestMinCom Commander Lt. Gen. Carlito Galvez, Jr. said.

Galvez added that Jamiri’s surrender proves that President Duterte’s strategic guidance and the diplomatic approach of the armed forces are key factors in winning the campaign against Abu Sayyaf extremists.

Based on records of the military from January to the present, 60 ASG members have surrendered; 13 have been arrested, including ASG sub-leader Walton Juljirin who was caught last Saturday; and 11 have been killed.

Two years into the Duterte presidency, the military has already neutralized three Abu Sayyaf leaders. They include: Abu Rami who was killed in Bohol; Alhabsy Misaya in Sulul; and ISIS emir in Southeast Asia, Isnilon Hapilon who was slain in Marawi. — Dante Amento | UNTV News & Rescue

11 fallen heroes in Sulu encounter return home ⁠—AFP

Aileen Cerrudo   •   April 20, 2020

The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) has brought the remains of 11 soldiers who were killed in the recent Sulu encounter to their respective hometowns.

In a statement, the AFP said eight of the soldiers are from Luzon, one from Visayas, and two from Mindanao.

The fallen soldiers were given honors by Philippine defense leaders at Colonel Jesus Villamor Air Base, Pasay, City on Saturday (April 18).

“In honor of their sacrifice for the nation, we assure the bereaved families that we will take care of them and extend to them the necessary assistance that their families will need.” according to AFP Commanding General, Lt. Gen. Gilbert I. Gapay.

READ: 11 soldiers killed, 14 wounded in Sulu encounter

Eleven soldiers of the AFP were killed while 14 others were wounded during an encounter with suspected Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) members in Sulu on Friday (April 17).

11 soldiers killed, 14 wounded in Sulu encounter

Aileen Cerrudo   •   April 18, 2020

Eleven soldiers of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) were killed while 14 others were wounded during an encounter with suspected Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) members in Sulu on Friday (April 17).

The AFP reported that the military encountered around 40 ASG terrorists believed to be led by ASG leaders Radullan Sahiron and Hatib Hadjan Sawadjaan.

The number of ASG casualties is yet to determined but bloodstains were seen on their side of the battle after they scampered towards the northeast direction.

The said encounter lasted for an hour in Brgy. Danag, Patikul, Sulu.

The AFP said they lost six R4 rifles, a K3 SAW machine gun, an R4 rifle with a grenade launcher, and a hand-held radio in the encounter.

The military said flags in all military camps around the country will be flown at half-mast for the 11 Army heroes who died during the encounter.

AFP Chief General Felimon Santos, Jr. expressed his condolences to the family of the fallen heroes. He also ensured that all necessary assistance will be extended to their loved ones.

Meanwhile, Commander of the Army 11th Infantry Division based in Sulu MGEN Corleto Vinluan said pursuit operations in the area are ongoing. AAC (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

4 suspected Abu Sayyaf members arrested in Zamboanga City

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 26, 2019

Four suspected members of Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) were arrested during the joint operation of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) in Zamboanga City on Thursday (September 26).

The arrested individuals were identified as Aljiver Habibula, Omar Julaspih, Rody Marail, and Nash Amik who are all from Sulu province and are currently residing at Barangay Baliwasan, Zamboanga City.

Recovered from the operation are ingredients for Improvised Explosive Device (IED).

According to the PNP, they have been monitoring the suspects for several days. They also clarified they have not received any threats of bombing in Zamboanga City.

“Batay sa briefing ng ating intelligence division ay wala naman talaga tayong threat tungkol diyan. Hindi rin natin masasabi kung ito ba ay may plano (attack) para sa ating fiesta pilar (Based on the briefing of our intelligence division, there are no threats. We also cannot say if they have a planned attack for our festival),” Police Regional Office 9 Spokesperson PMaj. Helen Galvez said.

However, according to AFP Western Mindanao Command Spokesperson Maj. Arvin John Encinas, they received a report last month about the ASG’s plan to bomb various areas in the country.

Encinas said this is a part of ASG’s retaliatory attack because their number continues to decrease.

“Maliit na lang iyan pero mayroon silang kakayahan to conduct IED attacks (They may be small but they still have the capacity to conduct IED attacks),” he warned.

Due to this, he reminded the public to immediately report to the authorities any suspicious individuals in their area.

They can contact the PRO-9 office at 0917 506 2000.—AAC (with reports from Dante Amento)

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