Camp Bautista, Sulu – Troops in Sulu greet all Muslims and Christians alike a Happy Eid’l Adha as Muslims around the world gather and celebrate.
This is the message of solidarity of troops as mass is celebrated Sunday during the blessing of a newly constructed hospital inside Camp Bautista.
The newly constructed station hospital is expected to enhance the survival of wounded troops and widen the medical care that can be given to soldiers and their families while stationed in Sulu.
Brig. Gen. Arnel dela Vega, Commander of Joint Task Force Sulu (JTFS) said, “Soldiers in Sulu and those assigned generally in Mindanao have learned to understand and respect the religion and culture of Moros”.
“We extend our sincere desire for a peaceful Eid’l Adha and we again appeal to the people of Sulu for their continued cooperation to ensure the safety of all members of the community” Brig. Gen. dela Vega stated.
The ongoing rescue efforts of kidnap victims in Sulu have been intensified since the order of President Duterte last August after a local Muslim Jolo resident, Patrick James Almodovar was beheaded by the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) after the Family of the 18 year old Almodovar failed to raise the P1,000,000 ransom.
The President visited troops a few weeks back while the AFP Chief of Staff, Gen Ricardo Visaya visited soldiers in Jolo five times with the latest on Saturday.
The focused military operations to destroy the ASG and rescue the hostages took the lives of 15 soldiers and 27 were wounded in Sulu while three were killed and one wounded in Basilan totalling 18 killled in action and 28 wounded in action.
Atleast 32 ASG were killed in Sulu in the ongoing focused military operations while 27 were killed in Basilan totalling 59 ASG dead and scores wounded.
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Released by: Information Support Team, JTF Sulu