By Francis Wakefield
The Armed Forces of the Philippines-Western Mindanao Command (AFP-WestMinCom) on Wednesday announced the recent capture of two armed individuals believed to be affiliated with Abu Sayyaf Group sub-leader Furuji Indama during a clearing operation in Ungkaya Pukan, Basilan.
In a statement, the AFP Western Mindanao Command identified the captured individuals as Vilyamin Garamun and Geramun Dahocoh. Seized from their possession were one Carbine and one M1 Garand rifle and ammunition.
It was learned that troops from the Alpha Company of the 18th Infantry Battalion were conducting clearing operations in sitio Pusong-Pusong, Barangay Camamburingan, Ungkaya Pukan, Basilan Province, on Saturday (August 18, 2018), when it led to the capture of Garamun and Dahocoh.
Meanwhile, troops of the 1st Scout Ranger Battalion led by Major John Reysanti Aling encountered about 30 Abu Sayyaf Group members under ASG sub-leader Mujer Yada in barangay Tugas, Patikul, Sulu, at around 3.p.m. Tuesday (August 21, 2018).
Likewise, troops of the 5th Scout Ranger Battalion encountered another group of Abu Sayyaf in Barangay Latih, Patikul, Sulu at around 9:05 a.m. the same day.
“The Western Mindanao Command is committed to sustain its operations against the Abu Sayyaf Group in Sulu and Basilan. We will not falter until the last bandit will be neutralized,” said Lieutenant General Arnel B. Dela Vega of the Western Mindanao Command.
“With the support of the local chief executives, stakeholders, and the community, our campaign against terrorism will soon bear the fruit of lasting peace and prosperity not only in Sulu and Basilan but the entire Western Mindanao,” he added.
He said the military will continue to intensify the conduct of sustained military operations against the Abu Sayyaf members who continue to create chaos in the provinces of Sulu and Basilan.