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Four ASG members surrender to goverment forces in Sulu


Four alleged members of the Abu Sayyaf group (ASG) under the late sub-leader Alhabsy Misaya voluntarily surrendered to government forces in Sulu province on Saturday. They also turned over their high caliber firearms.

Western Mindanao Command (WestMinCom) spokesperson Captain Jo-Ann Petinglay identified the surrenderees as Aldin Hadil Akmad, 25; Willing Ibba Jaabal, 45; Ijal Samsain Saadjal, 25 and Emar Ladjar Udjah, 17, a minor.

Patinglay said that the ASG members voluntarily surrendered to Lieutenant Colonel Jesse Montoya, commanding officer of the 2nd Special Forces Battalion, in Barangay Likod Pata, Pata Island, Sulu at about 8:30 p.m. of Saturday.

Brigadier General Cirilito Sobejana, commander of Joint Task Force Sulu disclosed that Akmad and his companions were persuaded to return to the fold of the law through the joint efforts of the 3rd Sulu Civilian Active Auxiliary Company and the Special Intelligence Team.

The group of Akmad turned over an M16 Armalite Rifle and 3 Garand Rifles during their surrender, Sobejana said.

Documentation process was being undertaken at the headquarters of the 2nd Special Forces Battalion in Talipao, Sulu for the ASG returnees, Petinglay told Zamboanga Today.

Petinglay added the total number of ASG surrenderees in Sulu area is already 23.

The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) in Sulu has intensified its military operation in the entire province to neutralized the ASG and other lawless groups.

“By the end of year 2017, the relentless operations of the Joint Task Forces (JTF) in Zamboanga-Basilan-Sulu-Tawi-Tawi (ZamBaSulTa) area is expected to yield more surrenderees from the Abu Sayyaf," Petinglay stressed.

"I commend the recent accomplishment of JTF Sulu under Brigadier General Sobejana," said Lieutenant General Carlito G. Galvez, Jr., commander of the Western Mindanao Command.

Galvez said that the JTF has been very successful in their coordination with the community and stakeholders’ engagements that resulted to the surrender of Abu Sayyaf members.

In fact, from January up to the present, a total of 111 ASG members have already surrendered to the troops in the different joint area of operations of the WestMinCom. Sixty five ASG members surrendered in Basilan, 23 in Sulu, 21 in Tawi-Tawi and 2 here in Zamboanga City.

"Our Joint Task Forces are committed in intensifying the offensive operations to neutralize the remaining bandits. We are winning in the campagin and this can be attributed to our soldiers on the ground," Galvez emphasized. (Eugene A. Lasprilla)

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