Troops recover arms cache of Abu Sayyaf bandits

PHILIPPINE Marine troops have recovered arms cache of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) in Sulu province, a top military official said Friday, February 23.

Brigadier General Cirilito Sobejana, Joint Task Force Sulu commander, said the arms cache was recovered at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Sitio Kadkad in Pitogo village, Kalingalan Caluang town.

Sobejana said the recovered arms cache included four M-14 rifles and four M-16 Armalite rifles.

Sobejana said the Marine Battalion Landing Team-3 (MBLT-3) troops led by Lieutenant Colonel Ramil Densing swooped down Sitio Kadkad in Pitogo and recovered the firearms after they received report from a concerned citizen about an arms cache of the ASG hidden in the area.

He said an alleged ASG member identified as Apo Eting, who is guarding the arms cache, hastily fled aboard a motorboat upon sensing the arrival of the marine troops.

Sobejana commended the MBLT-3 troops for their accomplishment and extended his heartfelt gratitude to the local government unit (LGU) and populace of Kalingalan Kaluang for their support and cooperation to the Joint Task Force Sulu.

He believes that more loose firearms will be recovered and more ASG members will be neutralized with the support of LGUs and peace-loving Tausugs as manifested in Thursday’s successful operations.

He said intelligence monitoring continues to track the whereabouts of Eting and the source of said firearms of the ASG.

The Joint Task Force Sulu has recovered 18 high-powered firearms that belong to the ASG.

Offensive continue against the ASG leaders and members in the province of Sulu, Sobejana said. (SunStar Philippines)
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