The military declared on Monday that Bohol has been “cleared” of Abu Sayyaf group elements, following the deaths of two men believed to be members of the local terrorist organization.
After more than a month since suspected Abu Sayyaf terrorists set foot on the tourist island, the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Philippine National Police working in a series of joint operations killed the remaining rebels identified as “Asis” and “Ubayda.”
The two were killed a few hours apart in separate encounters with government forces in Barangay Lawis in Calape town.
According to Senior Inspector Cresente Gurrea, chief of Calape police, a local resident tipped off the rebels' whereabouts to his office. Troops were then immediately deployed in the area.
Gurrea said Asis and Ubayda were able to slip past military and police personnel during an encounter in Clarin town on April 22, one that enabled the capture of Abu Saad.
Brigadier-General Arnulfo Matanguihan, commander of the 302nd Brigade, said Bohol has now been cleared of Abu Sayyaf group elements and the province has been secured.
The AFP also guaranteed that informants who helped capture the rebels will get their P1-million reward.