By Nonoy Lacson
Members of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) and their leaders have started to flee Sinuman Complex in Patikul, Sulu, the main stronghold of the ASG in the province, after a more intense military offensive and pressure pounced against them by the Joint Task Force Sulu (JTF-Sulu).
Brig. Gen. Cirilito Sobejana, Commander of the Joint Task Force Sulu, said yesterday the military forces in the province gained grounds after receiving reports that members of the ASG and their leaders had started to leave Sinuman Complex in Patikul, Sulu, the ASG stronghold in the province.
Sobejana said there are about 400 of them per experts’ estimate, including their supporters in the entire Sulu province. Half of them or about 200, he said, are armed and are fighting the government.
Gen.Sobejana said lately they had received information that the ASG fighters and some of their leaders were leaving the complex to avoid the military operations in the area, he said.
“We received information and we monitored that they are moving out of the complex,” Sobejana said.
He said the military in the province will continue to conduct military operations against the ASG in the complex to flush out the ASG in the area and free the kidnapped victims they are still holding.
He admitted that the ASG strongholds in the province remained at the Sinuman complex in Patikul, Sulu. That is also the area of their concentration of the military focus operations, he said.
Adding being away from their stronghold, he said that they are losing popular support from the masses, running short of logistics and finances while some of their people are already weary and want to surrender to the government.
The Joint Task Force Sulu commander said they have already accounted for more than 20who have surrendered and they are expecting more to come and to surrender in the coming days.
According to Sobejana, they have not set any timetable when to complete the military operations against the ASG in the province, though President Rodrigo Duterte wanted it to be completed in six months’ time
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