After the successful conduct of the midterm elections, the Armed Forces of the Philippines will now again focus on the campaign against terrorism and violent extremism.
In his press statement yesterday, AFP spokesperson Brigadier General Edgard Arevalo said, “we are projecting the deployment of the 1st Brigade Combat Team (1BCT) to Sulu to conduct focused military operations against the Abu Sayyaf Group.”
“The deployment of additional troops intends to add to the required personnel and equipment and fill up for the newly created 11th Infantry Division of the Philippine Army. It is also intended to sustain the momentum and seize operational tempo to pursue the gains the AFP has attained in the fight against the Abu Sayyaf Group that has been sowing terror, death, and destruction in Sulu,” BGen Arevalo added.
The AFP plans to fully complement the 11ID with personnel and equipment by 2022.
“We are deploying a brigade size combat team to ensure that our Muslim brothers and sisters are secured and are living in a peaceful environment that will bring about development in the community,” he concluded.
Sulu is just one of the security-challenged areas where forces will be redeployed after the 98,000 military personnel, who were earlier deployed by the AFP for election duties during the 2019 midterm elections, were recalled.
The deployment also forms part of the regular rotation of units and troops.
“It will be of great help if this plan will materialize. More forces will bring about greater accomplishments,” said Lieutenant General Arnel B. Dela Vega, commander of the Western Mindanao Command. WESTMINCOM