MANILA — The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Western Mindanao Command (Wesmincom) said the slain Abu Sayyaf sub-leader, Muammar Askali, alias “Abu Rami”, would have been the next “Abu Sabaya”.
Abu Rami was killed in last week’s encounter in Bohol.
The military believes that there is a huge possibility of retaliation from the Abu Sayyaf Group for the sub-leader’s demise.
For this reason, the entire military force is on red alert status.
“Ang red alert natin, alert memo natin started last Monday and the possibility of retaliation is very, very possible”, said Wesmincom commander LtGen. Carlito Galvez Jr. (Our red alert memo started last Monday, and the possibility of retaliation is very very possible.)
The soldiers are not allowed to go on vacation. They have been directed to stay at their posts.
The AFP are continuing their heightened pursuit operations against the Abu Sayyaf Group in Basilan and Sulu.
The admit that the Philippines’ territorial waters are vast so it is not that easy to monitor all activities of lawless elements.
AFP Weswincom worked jointly with the naval forces to guard the shores in the region.
“There is a vastness of the seas talagang pagka lumabas na sila (ASG) sa karagatan napakahirap parang naghahanap ka ng karayom sa talahiban”, LtGen. Galvez said. (There is a vastness of seas. When the ASG gets into the waters, it is difficult to pursue them. It’s like looking for a needle in a haystack.)
“The Navforwm is on full speed ahead in our job in order for us to support the mission of the Western Mindanao Command,” Navforwm commander RADM. Rene Medina said. – Dante Amento | UNTV News & Rescue
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