AFP chief visits Wesmincom, vows to solve Abu Sayyaf problem

Leizel Lacastesantos, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 09 2016 01:20 PM

ZAMBOANGA - The newly-installed chief of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) rendered his first visit to the headquarters of the Western Mindanao Command (Wesmincom) on Saturday morning.

AFP Chief of Staff General Ricardo Visaya was accompanied by Wesmincom commander, Lt. Gen. Mayoralgo Dela Cruz, during the arrival honors.

In a short interview, Visaya said he went to Zamboanga City to plan out how to resolve the Abu Sayyaf problem following the group's recent encounters with government troops in Sulu and Basilan.

READ: Visaya: AFP to target Abu Sayyaf bailiwicks

The timeline given to him was based on President Rodrigo Duterte's pronouncement which is three to six months.

Visaya also denied the presence of ISIS in Tipo-Tipo as claimed by the former municipal mayor Joel Maturan.

READ: Davao under threat from terror group ISIS, says Duterte son

Visaya is also expected to meet with ARMM Governor Mujiv Hataman later this afternoon.

As to the nine remaining hostages, Visaya assured that they are doing everything to rescue the victims.