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Friday, September 23, 2016
AFP rejects Misuari request for halt in operation against Abu Sayyaf in Sulu
In a radio interview Friday, Armed Forces spokesperson Brig. Gen. Restituto Padilla said it is important for the military to continue with their operations even while the negotiations are ongoing.
"Hindi po tayo pumayag. Importante na tuloy ang operasyon. Nangyari na dati na ang hiling na yan ay nagiging ugat ng pagtakas," Padilla told radio dzBB.
He said they will continue with offensives but they will give way if there are turnovers or transfers of hostages to authorities.
"Tuloy lang ang operations. Magbibigay lang ng puwang sa turn over at transfer. Hindi po natin wini-withdraw ang pwersa," he added.
Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana earlier said that Misuari requested for a stop in military operations.
Misuari has promised to help the government in the release of hostages.
Lorenzana said he will let the military commanders decide on the matter.
Padilla said at least seven hostages have been released by Abu Sayyaf in the past few days.
He believed that the number of Abu Sayyaf members have dwindled to 300 from almost 500 after the intensified operations of the military.
"Halos 481 sila bago nagkaroon ng sunod sunod na engkwento, maaring mga 300 na lang sila ngayon," he said. — Amita Legaspi/RSJ, GMA News
Posted by wikisabah at 6:26:00 PM