The Armed Forces of the Philippines expressed confidence that it could wipe out Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) in southern part of the country by the end of 2018.
Brig. Gen. Cirilito Sobejana said this following President Rodrigo Duterte’s visit in Sulu as he led the surrender of some ASG members and their firearms.
“Kakayanin natin…. magiging optimistic tayo,” Sobejana said.
Sobejano also said that Duterte was happy with the military’s operations against the Abu Sayyaf.
“Okay naman … Oo, masaya siya na may significant improvement sa security situation sa Sulu,” he said.
“But of course chinallenge niya iyung local government to also do their part,” the commander added.
Sobejano said they can already see the end of the terrorist group, but since the latter still hold 10 hostages, the AFP needs to be cautious.
“Kaya naman, actually patapos na eh. Ano na lang iyan eh makuha natin iyung … ang priority kasi natin iyung kidnap victims para hindi na restricted iyung ating operation. Sa ngayon kasi with the kidnap victims syempre medyo calculated,. Kapag nawala iyan, priority iyan, the freedom of the kidnap victims,” he said.