CAMP AGUINALDO, Quezon City – Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Chief of Staff General Eduardo Año, and the top brass of the AFP joined Department of National Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana and the Commander-in-Chief President Rodrigo Duterte during the latter's visit to Bohol, Wednesday, 19 April 2017 at the Philippine Ports Authority Office in Tagbilaran City.
The Chief Executive presided over a security briefing given by Commander, Central Command LTGen Oscar Lactao with members of the Cabinet, local government leaders of the Province of Bohol, military, and police commanders in the joint area of operations in attendance.
The Commander-in-Chief was briefed about the Abu Sayyaf Group's (ASG's) foiled attempt to conduct terrorist and criminal activities in Bohol which is home to many tourist destinations known around the world.
The briefing centered on the chronology of events and how the security forces were able to detect the movement of the terrorists and all other information pieced together.
He highlighted how the local residents, local government officials, the military, and the police acted and aided one another that lead to the successful assault that killed Muamar Askali alias Abu Rami and 5 of his cohorts.
LTGen Lactao informed the Commander in Chief about the current state of operations to neutralize to seven remaining "strugglers". The Briefer expressed confidence that they will soon be able to neutralize the remnants who are short of food, firearms, ammunition, and mass base support.
The President offered a bounty to anyone who can give information leading to the neutralization of the remaining ASG terrorists.
A Million Peso bounty per head "no questions asked. Just the word from the military or police to whom the information was given and an arrest--dead or alive-- was had," says President Duterte.
Bohol Governor Edgar Chato expressed elation and gratitude, on behalf of his Province mates, for the support from President Duterte. He says the physical presence of the President surely boosts the Boholanos as it is reassuring.
He feels the bounty will be of great help to flush out the remaining terrorists on the run.
"That will facilitate the arrest or surrender of the remaining terrorists who are now still in Inabanga and in hiding trying to evade security forces hunting them," says General Año of the reward.
"This time, this loathsome band of criminals will not just be hounded by sniffing dogs of the AFP but also by the local residents who will be a million peso or more richer by merely providing information leading to the neutralization of the former.
"No need to provide anything but information. Just information that led to the arrest of the terrorists--dead or alive," declares the AFP Chief.
Among the AFP delegation were LtGen Glorioso Miranda, Philippine Army Commanding General; Vice Admiral Ronald Joseph Mercado, Philippine Navy Flag Officer-in-Command; MGen Conrado Parra Jr, Philippine Air Force Vice Commander; MGen Noel Clement, Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations; MGen Melquiades Feliciano, Deputy Chief of Staff for Civil Military Operations; and BGen Bonifacio Cebrian Jr, Assistant Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence.