From the Visayan Daily Star (May 4): Army leader confident of neutralizing Abu Sayyaf
Army vice-commander, Maj. Gen. Harold Cabreros, expressed confidence that the Abu Sayyaf will be neutralized within the six-month period, ordered by President Rodrigo Duterte.
Cabreros told 3rd Infantry Division troopers, “I am confident that we can do it as long as we work as one team, and as one Army, with the cooperation of the community”.
He noted that the quick response of the 3ID against Abu Sayyaf bandits in Bohol last month indicated that the ASGs are feeling the pressure in their former bases of operations in Mindanao.
Two ASG leaders and five others were killed in a series of armed clashes with 3ID troops and the police in Bohol. Three Army soldiers and a policeman also died.
Cabreros said the ASG decided to move elsewhere as they are running out of places to hide.
“Let us keep it that way, until they and other terrorist groups as well as lawless elements are totally defeated,” he further told 3ID troopers during his visit at Camp Macario Peralta in Jamindan, Capiz on May 1.
Cabreros added that the implementation of AFP Development Support and Security Plan “Kapayapaan” will complement the gains achieved under the Internal Peace and Security Plan “Bayanihan”.
“We will sustain our CMO (Civil Military Operations) efforts, Community Support Programs, and stakeholder engagement to encourage further support for the AFP's peace initiatives from the locals, and make them resilient against the influence of threat groups,” he also said.