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Aquino orders AFP, PNP to intensify operations vs Abu Sayyaf Group

/ 12:08 PM November 21, 2015

APEC Philippines

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, left, is welcomed to the opening plenary session by Philippine President Benigno Aquino III at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit in Manila, Philippines, Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015. Asia-Pacific leaders called Thursday for increased international cooperation in the fight against terrorism as they held annual talks overshadowed by the Paris attacks. Pool Photo via AP

KUALA LUMPUR—Heeding the plea of Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak to punish the kidnappers of a Malaysian man in Mindanao, President Benigno Aquino III has ordered the military and police to intensify their operations against the Abu Sayyaf Group.

READ: Malaysian hostage beheaded by Abu Sayyaf – report
This was the first time the government confirmed that it was Malaysian Bernard Then Ted Fen who was beheaded by the Abu Sayyaf men.


“President Aquino has directed the AFP (Armed Forces of the Philippines) and the PNP (Philippine National Police) to further intensify operations against Abu Sayyaf Group and other terror threat elements,” Presidential spokesperson Herminio Coloma Jr. said in a statement on Saturday.


“The Philippines extends its deepest sympathy and condolences to the bereaved family and stands in solidarity with Malaysia and Asean (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) in resolutely fighting terrorism,” Coloma added.
READ: Malaysia ‘sickened’ by citizen’s beheading in PH
“Shocked and sickened” by the beheading of Bernard Then Ted Fen last Tuesday, Najib last week called on Philippine authorities to take action on the “savage and barbaric act.”

Najib, in his speech at the ongoing 27th Asean summit in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, condemned the beheading of their national as well as the recent terror attacks in Paris and Mali.

“We are ever vigilant against a threat that is very real in our region. Local militants and groups, such as Abu Sayyaf, have sworn allegiance to the so-called Islamic State (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant or ISIS). It was they who cruelly murdered our countryman, Bernard Then, on Tuesday,” Najib said.

Aquino is one of the delegates who attended the Asean summit at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Center. He will stay in the city until Sunday.

The PNP and the AFP refuse to conclude that it was the head of Fen that was recovered in Jolo, Sulu last Tuesday.

Abu Sayyaf men allegedly kidnapped Fen last May at a resort in Sabah state. RAM

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TAGS: Abu Sayyaf group, AFP, Armed Forces of the Philippines, ASEAN, Association of Southeast Asian Nations, ISIS, Islamic State, Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, Malaysia, Philippine National Police, PNP, President Benigno Aquino III, Prime Minister Najib Razak

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