Sulu now peaceful, says military

JOLO, Sulu — The intensified campaign of the Joint Task Force Sulu against the extremist Abu Sayyaf Group and the enlistment of eligible Muslims in the military services in the province have contributed much to the transformation of the peace and order landscape of Sulu.

JTF-Sulu civil-military operation chief Col. Alaric de los Santos revealed that Sulu is “relatively peaceful today” as compared to the previous years when incidents of killings, rido and kidnappings were rampant in the province.

He added that people around Jolo — the capital town of Sulu — and its adjacent towns can now freely move around without the fear of being killed or kidnaped by the ASG.

One of the major contributions of the government or military in Sulu is the enlistment of more than 1,400 residents into the Philippine Army, to join the military forces in securing the province against the extremist group.

At present, Sulu has an Army Division aided by three Army and Marine Brigades composed of 12 battalions of soldiers, an Artillery battalion plus the 2nd and 6th Special Forces battalions.

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