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Jul 6, 2016
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The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) will employ a “shock and awe” strategy in its offensive against the Abu Sayyaf in Basilan and Sulu, AFP chief Lt. Gen. Ricardo Visaya said on Monday.

In military jargon, “shock and awe” is the use of overwhelming force and firepower to paralyze the enemy’s perception of the battlefield and destroy its will to fight, GMA News reported.

“You will see in July that there will be shock and awe. May results yan, makikita niyo. It will be a different approach,” he said.

Visaya refused to elaborate and go into the specifics of the operation to avoid revealing their strategy but assured that “more actions will be seen in the next three months.”

Neutralizing the Abu Sayyaf threat is one of the priorities of the newly installed Rodrigo Duterte administration.

Last Friday, Visaya said upon assuming command that the AFP will be “unrelenting” in their focused military operations against the Abu Sayyaf.

The terrorist group is currently holding a dozen hostages, including seven Indonesian sailors abducted on June 22 in Sulu Sea, and a Norwegian tourist. It recently beheaded two Canadian captives after demands for ransom were not met.

 

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