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PIA Press Release
2009/02/16

AFP dev't programs resume despite ASG threats in Sulu

Sulu (16 February) -- The military maintains its humanitarian and development programs in Sulu despite the threats and attacks paused by the terrorist Abu Sayyaf Group, affirms Joint Task Force Comet Commander Maj Gen Juancho M Sabban.

The said bandit group has demanded the cessation of military's security operations in the province and even lobbed mortar rounds towards the military camp in Brgy Busbus last 09 Feb, however hitting the residents of the said barangay that resulted to the wounding of innocent civilians.

Last February 6, ASGs burned the Solomon Elementary School in Brgy Taung, Patikul.

Maj Gen Sabban admitted that building Sulu in the midst of security threat can be a daunting task; however, with optimism and sustained unity of efforts among the military and all the peace and development stakeholders, economic upsurge will surely continue.

"We cannot allow terrorism to triumph and just let them destroy the people's peaceful way of life. The military troops will stay and are focused to continue what have been started for the betterment and development of the communities we serve. The gains we had established here must not be halted," he stressed.

"The threats and attacks will not have any implications on our humanitarian development projects for Sulu," he said.

Projects include: construction of roads; building and repair of school edifices, wells or water distribution systems, health clinics, hospitals, community centers, and other donations.

"Bringing basic services to the communities has been the turning point in our battle against terrorism. Because of these efforts, the people, especially those in far flung barangays, felt the government's care. Hence, local support has been very difficult to come by for ASG. The necessity to boost development is anchored on this premise. We will continue in our goal to bring development in Sulu," he said.

The AFP's holistic approach to terrorism stands resilient amid the violent resistance of the ASG terrorists. (42CRU, 4CRG, CRSAFP/PIA-BASULTA) [top]

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