Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Chief of Staff, General Gregorio Pio P. Catapang Jr. ordered the transfer of a Special Forces Company from Zamboanga City to Sulu, October 8.
“The AFP is serious in its effort to flush out the bandits and contribute towards the eventual release of the victims from the hand of their captors,” Lt. Col. Harold M. Cabunoc, Chief of the AFP’s Public Affairs Office said.
The unit has a hundred elite troops from Special Operations Command of Philippine Army. They will now be under Army’s 501st Infantry Brigade based in Busbus, a town in Jolo.
SOCOM forces are trained to carry out Unconventional Warfare, Unconventional Warfare, Direct Action, Special Reconnaissance, Counter-terrorist Operations, Target Interdiction and Special Light Infantry Operations.
The order of General Catapang is in line with AFP’s operations against the Abu Sayyaf Group. The terrorist group is believed to be holding 12 civilian hostages including five foreigners.