• The AFP confiscated some 200 high-powered speedboats of the Abu Sayyaf Group
• The confiscation impacted the movement of the terrorist group
• The speedboats are the primary transportation assets of the Abu Sayyaf group in their kidnapping activities
Newly-confirmed Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Chief of Staff Ricardo Visaya announced during his confirmation hearings before the Commission on Appointments’ committee on national defense on Wednesday, September 21, that the military has confiscated hundreds of the terrorist group’s speedboats.
The confiscation of the high-powered speedboats has affected the movement of the Abu Sayyaf, Visaya said.
As mentioned in an Inquirer article dated September 21, 2016, Visaya said it was his instruction to the AFP that before conducting the offensives against the Abu Sayyaf, it is imperative that the terrorist group’s speed in the high seas be neutralized first.
“Because these (speedboats) are the primary transportation assets of the Abu Sayyaf in their kidnapping activities, we have to neutralize that first,” he said.
Visaya disclosed that he requested the Department of Transportation to deputize the AFP in confiscating unregistered speedboats.
“So this has impacted on the movement of the Abu Sayyaf now. We have confiscated about less than 200 boats in Basilan, Sulu, Tawi tawi, and Zamboanga. These are some of innovations that we’re doing now in our operations against Abu Sayyaf,” he said.
The Abu Sayyaf, according to Visaya, is considered among the biggest threats to national security. The communist rebels, drug syndicates and other kidnapping groups are the other threats.