When the all-out offensives was launched January this year in Western Mindanao, it has recorded that 81 killed, 50 surrendered, 18 apprehended and 70 seized high powered and low powered firearms from terrorist group Abu Sayyaf by the Arm Forces of the Philippines.
“My standing order to JTF Sulu Commander is to flush out the Abu Sayyaf from their comfort zones and bring them to places where they are vulnerable,” says Lieutenant General Carlito G. Galvez, Jr, Commander of the Western Mindanao Command.
Galvez added, “This is exactly what is happening in Sulu and in other Provinces confronting Abu Sayyaf threat. Before the campaign started last January this year, we started going after more than 500 Abu Sayyaf members. With the support we are receiving from the local officials, and other stakeholders, including the MILF and the MNLF, we have strong reasons to believe that we are only confronting less than half the number of the bandits right now. Our forces are in full throttle doing both lethal and non-lethal approaches. It will just be a matter of time that we will defeat the entire group.”