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Major General Corleto S. Vinluan Jr. PA, Commander of the 11th Infantry Division, joined the other members of Provincial Task Force to End the Local Armed Conflict in a meeting headed by Sulu Governor Abdusakur M. Tan at Sulu Area Coordinating Center in Patikul, Sulu on July 29, 2020.

The assembly was intended to present the updates of inter-agency committees on their efforts in responding to the Executive Order No. 70 or Whole-of-Nation Approach mandated by President Rodrigo Roa Duterte last December 2018.

The discussion also tackled the broad reforms in addressing violent extremism to have an end state of secured, peaceful and developed communities in the Province of Sulu.

Highlighted were the recruitment of personnel from Sulu initiated by the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP); the inter agency projects and programs which gave livelihood and protective trainings to the people; and strengthening coordination in confronting the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) and other lawless elements.

Meanwhile, Governor Tan mentioned that the Army’s recruitment of local Tausugs will bring positive changes, cooperation and support against the ASG; and will ensure their financial security and provide them with many opportunities in the society.

Major General Vinluan thanked the Local Government of Sulu for the cooperation and support it rendered to the AFP’s fulfilment of its overall campaign. “They played one of the major roles in ending the menace and threat given by the ASG.

A lot of changes had happened compared from the previous years such as reducing the atrocities of the outlaws and making its members yield to the government. As mentioned by Governor Tan, we cannot win this war without the support of the people.” he said.

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