Monday Aug, 02 2021 06:21:17 AM

AFP scores anew as offensives continue in Sulu

Mindanao Armed Conflict • 14:30 PM Tue Apr 27, 2021
619
By: 
Press Release Westmincom

ZAMBOANGA CITY -- The Joint Task Force Sulu neutralized a total of 84 ASG personalities during the first four months of 2021.

Lt. Gen. Corleto Vinluan, Jr., Commander of the Western Mindanao Command said, “We have gained grounds so we are sustaining the momentum to possibly neutralize all the remaining terrorists in Sulu.”

While conducting combat operations, troops of the Joint Task Force Sulu encountered more or less five Abu Sayyaf Group members at the reported location of sub-group leader Mundi Sawadjaan around 7:23 in the morning on April 27, 2021.

“Our troops proceeded to Kagay Hill, Sitio Manubud, Barangay Danag, Patikul, Sulu after receiving a report of the enemy sighting in the area,” said Maj. Gen. William Gonzales, Commander of the JTF Sulu.

A running gun battle ensued which lasted for 15 minutes after which the enemies scampered in different directions.

1102nd Infantry Brigade Commander Col. Benjamin Batara, Jr. said that based on the initial report no one was hurt on the government side while an enemy was killed during the encounter.

“Operating troops recovered one enemy cadaver which was brought to Camp Teodulfo Bautista Station Hospital for the identification of the slain terrorist,” said Col. Batara, Jr.

Pursuit and clearing operations are being conducted as of this time.

“I directed the subordinate units to continue pursuing the fleeing terrorists and establish blockades on the possible withdrawal routes,” said Maj. Gen. Gonzales.

“We are exhausting all our resources to limit the movements of the enemies and eventually neutralize their hardcore leaders,” Maj. Gen. Gonzales added.

Since January 2021, a total of 84 ASG personalities were neutralized in Sulu seven of which were killed, 70 surrendered, and seven were apprehended.

“Congratulations to the officers, men, and women of the JTF Sulu for your numerous feats. Remain steadfast as you continue to endeavor toward the achievement of lasting peace not only for our brothers and sisters Tausug but for the future generations,” said Lt. Gen. Vinluan, Jr.

GenSan remains to be leading in COVID-19 new infections daily at 72

COTABATO CITY - Regional COVID-19 tracker as of August 1, 2021 (6:00pm) TWO-HUNDRED-THIRTY-SIX (236) NEW CONFIRMED CASES ONE-HUNDRED-THIRTY-...

Emulate peace efforts of Basilan residents --- Sobejana

COTABATO CITY --- The Armed Forces chief of staff who got a Medal of Valor for gallantry and whose tenure ended Saturday urged southerners to emulate...

4th most wanted man in DOS nabbed in Cotabato City

DATU ODIN SINSUAT, Maguindanao – Joint elements of PRO BAR in Maguindanao arrested a wanted person for the crime of Murder on July 29, 2021 at...

Drug den dismantled, 6 nabbed in Cotabato City drug-bust

COTABATO CIY - Another drug den was dismantled and six drug personalilties were arrested by agents of Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency in the...

MTIT conducts entrepreneurial skills trainings for BARMM business enthusiasts

COTABATO CITY — Ministry of Trade, Investments and Industry (MTIT) conducted various skills and enterprise trainings for business enthusiasts in the...