CAMP AGUINALDO, Quezon City – “The AFP’s Western Mindanao Command under Major General Carlito Galvez, Jr. through 103rd IB under Army Col Nixon Fortes had another major breakthrough in its intensified campaign against the terror groups of ASG, Maute, and Foreign Terror Groups holed in the hinterlands of Butig, Lanao Del Sur,” reports AFP Chief of Public Affairs Office Marine Colonel Edgard Arevalo.
The terror groups are reported to have sustained a major casualty with a number of them dead or seriously wounded after a midnight (between the 25th and 26th January 2017) surgical air strike and a well-directed and observed artillery rounds accurately landing in the identified locations of the terror groups.
As at press time, ground troops have established foothold and begun their assault to the same objective of the preliminary attack midnight. They are now cautiously advancing to their designated objectives – the location of ASG Leader Isnilon Hamilon, his select group, and the Brothers Abdullah, Omar, and Otto Maute, and possibly other foreigners joining their notorious group.
“We will await the validated details of the results of this operation as soon as we get confirmations from our troops now on the ground,” reports Colonel Arevalo.
“We will relentlessly pursue these lawless groups. We will not allow them to thrive in any part of our country to sow terror to our people. Your Armed Forces of the Philippines –through the support of our people and local government as shown in this case – will frustrate every attempt to disrupt our normal lives,” says MGen Galvez Jr.
After learning about this development, Gen Año tells his men, “You will have the support you need in all your endeavors in contribution to attain the mission given to us by the Commander in Chief. Let us together end in six months the menace these terror group bring.”
This is the inspiration that the AFP Chief General Eduardo Año and Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana made in the rounds of AFP Camps they did where they sounded the call to arms against these terror groups. They called on every Soldier, Airmen, Sailors, and Marines to contribute in this campaign to end the menace that the Abu Sayaff, the Maute Group, and other terror groups in western Mindanao.