MANILA–The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) on Monday expressed confidence that the sole surviving Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) bandit, out of the 11 that landed in Inabanga town, Bohol last April 10 for a kidnapping foray, will be arrested very soon.
This was after government forces shot and killed his companion during an encounter at Barangay Kahayag, Calape town 12:30 p.m. Monday.
“Following a tip off from a concerned Boholano, combined elements from the AFP Central Command and the PNP encountered at Barangay Kahayag, Calape, Bohol at around 12:30 p.m. today the last two remaining lawless elements who entered Bohol early in April this year,” said AFP spokesperson Brig. Gen. Restituto Padilla.
These bandits were headed by ASG sub-leader Muamar Askali alias “Abu Rami” and Joselito Milloria.
During containment efforts of the military and police from April 11 upwards, nine of them were killed along with three soldiers, a police officer and an elderly couple.
“One of them was killed, and the other, though reportedly wounded, was able to elude and now the subject of pursuit operations. The remains of the killed bandit was recovered along with an M-16 rifle. No one among the government forces were hurt. The identity of the bandit killed is still subject for validation,” he added.
The AFP spokesperson also expressed belief that the sole survivors will be either arrested soon.