From DWDD AFP Civil Relations Service Radio Website (Nov 12): NO LET UP // Sulu Military Operations Continue Despite Army Chief’s Visit
SULU (DWDD) – Even while Philippine Army Chief Lt. Gen. Eduardo M. Ano was doing the rounds on Thursday, November 12, visiting and inspecting Army troopers in Sulu, there was no let up in focused military operations by operating troops under the Joint Task Group Sulu.
At 7:30 in the morning that day, two Abu Sayyaf bandits under sub-leaders Alkam Udjaman and Ninok were injured during an encounter with operating troops from the 35th Infantry Battalion’s Alpha Company led by 1Lt Albert Peralta at Barangay Latih, Patikul Sulu.
According to BGen. Alan R. Arrojado, Joint Task Group Sulu commander, the bandits who were having coffee and who were evidently taken by surprise, scampered toward different directions when attacked.
While withdrawing, the ASG encountered the troops from the battalion’s Bravo and Charlie companies led by 1Lt Chester Catapang. Lt. Col. Mars Gayat, commanding officer of 35IB, said his troops did not suffer any casualty. A Honda XRM motorcycle and a hammock were found in the encounter site.
On March 4, 2015, three soldiers were killed, two of them junior Army officers, in a landmine blast while former AFP Chief of Staff Gen. Gregorio Pio Catapang Jr. who was in Sulu was being briefed in connection with the all-out offensive operations against the Abu Sayyaf group.
The troops were out to resupply soldiers securing the Pansul-Panglayahan road project when their KM450 hit an improvised explosive device (IED) along Sitio Bud Bunga, Barangay Pansul. Josephine Jaron Codilla / MCAG