The AFP has identified that the money used by ASG in their terrorism activities came from illegal drug operations
The Armed Forces of the Philippines has determined the source of the funds being used by the Abu Sayaff Group in their terrorism activities. The money being used by the Abu Sayaff Group in sowing terror came from illegal drug operations. This is what the joint task force Sulu discovered in operations they conduct against the Bandit Group in Zamboanga, Basilan, Sulu at Tawi-tawi.
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Many of the group’s members and new recruits are minors addicted to illegal drugs based on the drug paraphernalia recovered by soldiers in the bodies of killed ASG members.
The ASG uses illegal drugs to lure minors who are then promised to have the contraband for free, while the drug money is being used to fund their daily operation for their terrorism activities.
The military says ASG’s use of illegal drugs was proven by some of its former hostages. The AFP meanwhile assures that the military and police are not neglecting their duty in providing security to the country.
Col. Edgard Arevalo said “Your Armed Forces of the Philippines is not sleeping on post that they are doing their job in ensuring that we are not just suppressing terrorism and lawless violence in the areas were interrupted.”