Gov’t on top of latest Mindanao incident

September 22, 2009 10:17 am 

MANILA, Sept. 22 — Government is on top of the armed crisis in Mindanao after 200 heavily-armed Abu Sayyaf terrorists ambushed a convoy of Philippine Marines and a policeman in Indanan, Sulu last Sunday, triggering a firefight and killing 19 terrorists and nine soldiers.

In a press briefing today, Deputy Spokesperson Lorelei Fajardo assured the public that Defense Secretary Gilberto Teodoro Jr. and government troops are now overseeing the situation.

Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Avelino Razon, Jr. said the Abu Sayyaf fired first at government security forces who were to serve warrants of arrest on Abu Sayyaf terrorist leaders Dr. Abu, Albader Parad, and Isnilon Hapilon.

The three terrorist leaders face an array of criminal charges ranging from multiple murders to kidnapping.

Razon, however, noted no member of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) was involved in the fighting, adding the projected resumption of peace talks with the Moro rebels would not be affected. (PNA)

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