The Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) in Sulu suffered combat capability loss when two (2) of its rifles and various war materiel were recovered at Brgy. Upper Kamuntayan, Talipao, Sulu during the focus military operations executed by troops of the 21st Infantry Battalion under 1101st Infantry Brigade, 11th Infantry Division, yesterday ,March 19, 2020.
The successful operation was initiated by Lieutenant Colonel Ricky N. Parcon, Commanding Officer of 21st Infantry Battalion that resulted to the recovery of two (2) M16 high-powered rifles, eleven (11) magazines, one (1) sniper scope, numerous ammunitions and other ASG personal belongings. Lt Colonel Parcon appreciated the assistance of the community regarding the accomplishment and made statement based on their reports. “Isa lang ang ibig sabihin nito, sawa na ang mga sibilyan sa teroristang ASG na walang ginawa kundi mag hasik ng takot at kaguluhan sa lugar”, he said.
ASG’s support from the community diminished due to their terroristic and unlawful acts that displaced the people and forced their families to migrate since 2000. Likewise, the humanitarian operations conducted by the Community Support Program (CSP) teams of the 21IB that were deployed last month in Talipao, Sulu whose mission is to bridge the gap between the local government units and the community convinced and prompted the populace to report the terrorists’ presence and arm caches in the area.
These facts also were concluded during the clash of ASG with the troops of 1st Scout Ranger Battalion at Brgy Buhanginan, Patikul Sulu from the report of concerned citizens on March 13, 2020 causing the surrender of three (3) ASG members the day after.
Major General Corleto S. Vinluan Jr, AFP, Commander of Joint Task Force Sulu and 11th Infantry Division committed to instill the AFP’s mandate in promoting the welfare of community by eradicating the ASG bandits in support to the Local Government’s peace effort to end the local armed conflict. “Your soldiers will eliminate the presence of ASG bandits for us to experience a more peaceful and progressive Province” he said.
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