Naval and marine troops under the Joint Task Force Sulu rescued the wife and two children of an Abu Sayyaf member who were caught in the crossfire between the troops and the bandits in Sulu on December 15.
While on clearing and follow-up operations, the Naval Task Group Sulu and the Philippine Marine Ready Force Sulu rescued the wife of Abu Sayyaf member Jackie Solaiman, identified as Manah Solaiman, 27, and their children, Raiza, 7, and Pirhana, 2.
Manah said they were caught in the gun fight between the Marine troops and the Abu Sayyaf, prompting them to hide along the mangrove areas on Minis Island in Patikul, Sulu on December 13.
Upon rescue, the JTF Sulu troops escorted Manah and her children to Kuta Heneral Teodulfo Bautista Hospital in Bus-bus, Jolo, Sulu.
Rear Admiral Rene Medina, the commander of the Naval Forces Western Mindanao, said the Fleet-Marine troops will continue to intensify the conduct of focused military operations and monitoring activity in the area to further preempt any attacks and lawless activities brought by the Abu Sayyaf and other local terrorist groups that threaten the peace and security in Western Mindanao.
“The Joint Task Force Sulu continues to abide by the rules of engagement and adheres to the human rights law and the precept that dictates the protection of non-combatants in local armed conflicts. Rest assured that your Western Mindanao Command will be guided by the rule of law in pursuing its mission of sustaining the internal peace and security in Mindanao,” said Lieutenant General Arnel Dela Vega, the WestMinCom commander.