The military said intensified monitoring and strong coordination with stakeholders will be a potent strategy to subdue the Abu Sayyaf and its cells from staging abductions in the south and borders of Sabah. Lt. Gen. Rustico Guerrero, Western Mindanao Command (Westmincom) chief, said the strategy will be part of the continuous pursuit operation to pressure the militants who are still separately holding about 10 kidnap victims, including six foreigners, in Sulu. Guerrero said the intelligence driven operation will keep the militants on the run and will prevent them from staging kidnappings. Newly installed Armed Forces Chief of Staff Gen. Pio Catapang has revealed that the military is implementing the pre-emptive strategy as a measure against the spate of kidnapping activities of the Abu Sayyaf group. Guerrero said there will be changes of their strategy as they pursue the plan to out-maneuver the Abu Sayyaf group that has created cells to operate outside Sulu and transfer all their prospective victims.

Source: Philippine Star