Gov’t offensive vs Abus to continue during Ramadan

Defense Secretary Gilbert Teodoro said Tuesday that military operations against the Abu Sayyaf bandit group will continue even during the holy month of Ramadan, which starts this week.

Teodoro reiterated that the government’s declaration for the suspension of military operations is only for the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), adding that lawless groups like the Abu Sayyaf are not entitled to a SOMO.

Meanwhile, the defense chief stood by the military’s claim that the MILF aided Abu Sayyaf bandits during the day-long clashes in Tipo-Tipo town, Basilan province last Wednesday.

The military said the military’s death toll reached 23 because of the MILF’s ambush against Marine troops in Barangay Baguindan.

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