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Basilan Abu Sayyaf leader, nine followers surrender

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A sub-leader of the Abu Sayyaf group and nine of his followers inolved in terroristic activities have surrendered to military.

Lt. Col. Gerry Besena, spokesman of the Western Mindanao Command (WestMinCom),  said ASG sub-leader Bobong Mastul a.k.a Bobong, together with nine of his followers, yielded to the 64th Infantry Battalion around 10:00 a.m. ever the weekend at its headquarters in TARBIDC Compound, Barangay Tumahubong, Sumisip, Basilan Province.

Bobong yielded together with his members: Atotong Sarahadil a.k.a Atotong, Mudzrie Salahudin Jabbon a.k.a Mudzrie, Sapwan Kapitan Aliman a.k.a Sapwan, Nassir Jaid Tahil a.k.a Bola, Hair Tiglama Kawakibon a.k.a Abbang, Adeh Kawakibon a.k.a Abu Muadz, Rubin Ikih, Aminin Baliyong a.k.a Apik, and Suedin Muril a.k.a Kubing.

They brought with them three M16 rifles, an M79 grenade launcher, an Ingram sub-machine pistol, a 5.56mm carbine, an M1 Garand rifle, various magazines and ammunitions for the said firearms, and assorted communication equipment.

Besena said the surrenderors were forced to lay-down their arms to the 64th IB under Lieutenant Colonel Philip Fagel due to hardship as a result of the intensified campaign against lawlessness by the Joint Task Force Basilan.

"It was also said that they finally decided to re-embrace Islam and ask forgiveness for all their wrong-doings upon hearing the encouragements from the Armed Forces and by President Rodrigo Duterte himself," he added.

Brigadier General Juvymax Uy, commander of the Joint Task Force Basilan, said: "This was a combined effort of our troops and local government led by Sumisip Municipal Mayor Honorable Gulam "Boy" Hataman."

Uy said the surrenderors are still in the custody of the 64IB for profiling, custodial debriefing, and proper documentation of the turned-over firearms. They will then be integrated with the "Balik-loob" program of the government.

Meanwhile,  Lieutenant General Arnel B. Dela Vega, commander of the Western Mindanao Command, said: "We, the team WestMinCom, welcomes all those who wish to lay down their arms and return to the folds of the law.

Since the intensification of military offensives against the ASG in 2017, a total of one hundred seventy-six former members from Basilan and Sulu provinces alone already yielded and returned to the mainstream for them to become productive members of the society and live a peaceful life with their respective families. Hader Glang




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