JOLO, SULU- Police Regional Office of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region, under the leadership of PBGEN Arthur R Cabalona, is now taking the momentum of the recent success of its campaign against the Local Terrorist Group and continuing with its hardline campaign to End Local Armed Conflict (ELAC) in the province of Sulu.
On August 1, 2022, the Municipal Task Force to End Local Armed Conflict (MTF-ELAC), joint elements of Talipao MPS, 2nd SFBn, 1101st Infantry Batallion, and 11 Infantry Division facilitated the Localized Social Integration Program which led to the voluntarily surrender of five ASG returnees at Brgy. Bilaan, Talipao, Sulu.
The surrender of the 5 ASG members whose names have been withheld for security reasons has also surrendered one (1) unit Para Ordnance/Cal. 45 with SN 231502, two (2) units M1 Garand rifles with SN 2252565, one (1) unit Colt Cal. 45 with SN 951631, and one (1) unit Norinco Cal.45 with SN 135723 are still in the custody of 2nd SFBn, PA and 9ISU, AIR, Philippine Army.
The ASG returnees decided to return to the folds of law after the surrender of their fellow ASG members, who are now on their way to the re-integration process and backed with the full support of the government. The returnees also realized that joining the government is a much better option than being used for their leaders' personal gain.
Created through Executive Order 70 signed by the former President Rodrigo Duterte in 2018 institutionalizing the whole-of-nation approach to address the local communist armed conflict, the MTF-ELAC is a version of the national government’s National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC), addressing the existing Local Terrorist Group in the country.
The Regional Director PRO BAR expressed his appreciation for the synergy of efforts exhausted by the AFP, PNP and Sulu Local Government Officials for this surrender of Abu Sayyaf Group members. This is a genuine thrust of both the AFP, Local Government Units, and the PNP to sustain the gains of the fight against terrorism that is now gaining momentum in the province of Sulu.