Sulu Joint Task Force Commander Col. Cirilito Sobejana on Wednesday asked the support of civilians especially from terrorist-inflicted communities to rescue the German hostage, Jurgen Kantner.
Col. Sobejana explained that his group is doing their best efforts to rescue Kantner and other victims abducted by the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) but cannot do it alone.
“We will be doing the relentless effort, we will pursue them and hopefully we will be able to make it,” Sobejana said.
Sobejana also discouraged the payment for ransom as it will give the bandit group the more capability to develop its force.
Kantner’s video spread in the internet addressing his government that the bandit group will kill him if the ransom is not paid before February 26.
“It’s a strategy actually…we will just do our best effort and hopefully we will be able to get the victim with no ransom,” Sobejana explained.
Meanwhile, Sobejana assured that all available manpower including the navy and air force components and 14 battalions under his command will be utilized in operations to rescue ASG’s hostages.
The commander also said that they are developing a good strategy to cover all areas in Sulu, particularly where kidnap victims brought.
Prior to six months order to decimate the bandit group, Sobejana said that issues of kidnapping in Sulu, Basilan, and Tawi-Tawi must end on or before July 31.
The Abu Sayyaf has currently 27 kidnap victims including a Dutch, a German, a Korean, five Malaysians, six Vietnamese, seven Indonesians, and six Filipinos. -MF