CAMP GEN EMILIO AGUINALDO, Quezon City (DWDD) – Armed Forces of the Philippines Chief of Staff Gen Rizardo Visaya reiterated that the government is on to of the situation in Mindanao, particularly in Basilan and Jolo.
According to Gen Visaya, proof of this is the recent mass surrender of twenty (20) members of the terror group Abu Sayyaf, a first in the history of the Armed Forces.
He also denied reports that there is a rise in cases of kidnapping in the region, contrary to reports that such cases have dropped with the deployment of the biggest ship of the Philippine Navy, BRP Tarlac, in waters between Malaysia and the Philippines.
There were two attempts by the ASG to kidnap victims in Malaysia but they were not able to enter Philippine waters due to the presence of our naval assets.
Gen Visaya once again reiterated that the AFP is trying its best, under his leadership, to the end the problem of ASG before he retires on December 7.