Camp Navarro, Calarian, Zamboanga City-March 25, 2020.
Combined troops of 1102nd infantry Brigade and PNP successfully rescued Dr. Daniel Moreno at the hinterlands of Indanan, Sulu at around 7:30 in the evening of March 24, 2020.
Sensing the approach of overwhelming goverment forces, the ASG forced to abandon Dr. Moreno. There after, government troops pursued the fleeing ASG that led to a five minutes encounter against the group of ASG sub-leader @ Mundi Sawadyaan in Brgy Bangalan of said municipality.
“Acting on the information relayed by a concern citizen, troops of 1102nd Brigade conducted rescue operation,” said Col Ignatius Patrimonio, commander of the 1102nd Brigade.
Dr Moreno will undergo medical check-up and debriefing at headquarter Joint Task Force Sulu. “We will remain steadfast in accomplishing our mandate to neutralize the Abu Sayyaf Group and rescue the remaining captives,” said Major General Corleto Vinluan, Joint Task Force Sulu commander.
“The freedom of KV Moreno is attributed to the sustained search and rescue operation of the remaining KVs conducted by the government forces coupled with the support of the local populace throughout our operations,” LtGeneral Cirilito Sobejana, Commander of the Western Mindanao Command said.
“We aim to dismantle the Abu Sayyaf group and rescue the remaining kidnapped victims by accelerating our operational tempo while maximizing stakeholders’ engagements,” the commander added.