IN line with its efforts to eliminate the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG), Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Chief of Staff Gen. Gregorio Pio P. Catapang Jr. directed the deployment of one special forces company from Zamboanga City to Sulu on Wednesday.
The troop movement followed the recent K9 Company deployment in Sulu as the AFP intensified its focused-military operations against the ASG, which is believed to be holding 12 civilian hostages, AFP Public Affairs Office chief Lt. Col. Harold M. Cabunoc said.
“The AFP is serious in its effort to flush out the bandits and contribute toward the eventual release of the victims from the hand of their captors,” Cabunoc added.
The 100-men elite unit of the Special Operations Command will be placed under the control of the Army’s 501st Infantry Brigade based in Busbus in Jolo.
Special forces soldiers are known to be adept in long-range reconnaissance, sniping and infiltration deep inside the enemy territory.
Cabunoc said the AFP is maintaining its earlier position not to negotiate with any terrorist group.