While conducting clearing operations, combined elements of the Marine Battalion Landing Teams 1 and 3 recovered cadaver of one ASG member identified as a.k.a Andot in the mangrove area of Simisa Island, Banguigui, Sulu at 4:30 pm yesterday (April 6).
Troops also recovered 1 M14 rifle, 1Garand rifle, 5 clips with 50 rounds of Caliber .30mm ammunitions hidden under the vast mangrove area.
“The recovered cadaver and high-powered firearms are believed to be hidden and left behind by the evading ASG members during an encounter on Thursday (April 4),” JTF Sulu Commander Brigadier General Divino Rey Pabayo said.
The remains of a.k.a Andot was immediately buried observing the Islamic burial rituals while the recovered items were put under the custody of MBLT-3 for proper disposition.
Meanwhile, on April 4, 2019, Marine troopers of the MBLT-3, seized an indigenous boat called “bote” which was reportedly used by the bandits as means of transportation and carrier of their firearms and other war materials while traversing riverine in the mangrove area of Simisa Island.
The recovered boat contained 1 backpack, 1 PNP lousy cap, 1 jogging pants, and assorted cooking and eating paraphernalia.
The boat was subsequently destroyed so as not to be utilized by remaining bandits anymore.
“Our troops are gaining grounds and so we intensify our operations further so as to neutralize the remaining bandits in the area,” WestMinCom Chief Arnel Dela Vega said.
“We continuously seek prayers for the safety and protection of our soldiers on the ground,” he added.
Pursuit operations are still being conducted to destroy the remaining ASG in the island.