- AFP Chief Gen. Ricardo Visaya said the terrorist Abu Sayaff groups are surrendering in groups of 20, the first time, he stressed to be happening in the history of the AFP
- Visaya noted the reduction in kidnapping cases because of BRP Tarlac in the waters between the Philippines and Malaysia
- Secretary of National Defense Delfin Lorenzana said that President Duterte had agreed to continue holding military exercises with the US until next year
The government’s all-out offensive against the terrorist Abu Sayaff Group is steadily ‘getting better’, Armed Forces of the Philippines chief Gen. Ricardo Visaya said; as he noted the surrender of the bandits in groups and the drop in kidnapping incidents.
“They (ASG members) are turning in themselves by the score,” Visaya said as per a GMA story.
According to him, the continuing government offensive to demolish the bandit group is “getting better” especially in Basilan and Jolo.
Visaya said the Muslim bandits are laying down and surrendering their arms in groups of 20, the first time, he stressed to be happening in the history of the AFP.
Owing to this, the AFP chief noted the reduction in kidnapping cases which he alluded to the deployment of BRP Tarlac in the waters between the Philippines and Malaysia.
With the maneuver of naval assets in the area, Visaya said two kidnapping incidents were aborted.
Before he retires on December 7, Visaya is doing the rounds in the Basilan and Jolo areas; giving pointers to troops and commanders on the ground.
The offensive against the ASG was launched in August on President Rodrigo Duterte’s orders to intensify military operations. The President had vowed not to talk peace with the bandits.
At the same time, Visaya confirmed that joint military exercises with the US will continue next year.
“The exercises will be more focused on counter-terrorism, HADR [humanitarian assistance and disaster response], engineering, civic actions, so that will be in line with the pronouncement and the guidance of our president to the AFP,” he said.
Earlier, Secretary of National Defense Delfin Lorenzana announced that the President had agreed to continue holding military exercises with the US.