Armed Forces of the Philippines sent approximately a thousand troops to augment security in Zamboanga and Sulu in Southern Philippines. The troops were pulled from Northern Luzon to face the rising tension in the south.
“The AFP is exercising its flexibility by realigning our units so that we can focus our security operations in areas that are more affected by armed conflicts,” AFP said.
501st Brigade will position in Sulu while 41st and 21st Infantry Battalion will establish post in Zamboanga Peninsula. These units will work with the marines already deployed.
Secretary Voltaire Gazmin earlier said that no negotiations will be made with the Abu Sayyaf for the abducted Germans. The deployment was meant to “stop the Abu Sayyaf once and for all.”
The Abu Sayyaf group has been claiming that they are already allied with the Islamic State claiming sovereignty over Muslims around the world.
The national government assures that the situation is not taken lightly. “We don’t wish to be dealing with another problem, and another trouble,” said deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte.