With the direction of JTF Sulu, the Philippine Navy conducts retrieval operations at the Abu Sayyaf Kidnap for Ransom Group encounter site
Today, the 3rd Boat attack division composed of BA489 and BA491, led by Cdr Philip Edward Lamug, despite unfavorable weather conditions conducts intensified retrieval operations in search of the remnants of the vessel and equipment used by the Abu Sayyaf Kidnap For Ransom Group led by Madsmar Sawadjaan.
“We hope that the bodies will reappear maybe about after a day or so but rest assured we will do everything in our power to retrieve all the equipment of the Abu Sayyaf Group, kahit masama yung panahon tuloy-tuloy ang Philippine Navy sa paghahanap sa mga bangkay ng mga Abu Sayyaf” says Cdr Lamug.
So far, the Philippine Navy recovered two (2) M4 rifles with M203 grenade launcher, one (1) M4A1 rifle, Backpacks with M203 shells, ammunition and other paraphernalia used in kidnapping. The Navy also has the Jungkong speed boat of the terrorists in tow. The search continues despite the weather conditions which make it hard for the retrieval units to retrieve other equipment left by the terrorist group
“This is another win for the Armed Forces and another step towards the destruction of the Abu Sayyaf Group. We will continue to intensify our operations against these terrorists so that little by little we can dismantle the Abu Sayyaf Group and restore peace here in the province of Sulu” says MGen William N Gonzales. 11TH INFANTRY DIVISION