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7 NPA, 3 Abus surrender to WestMinCom troops

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One week since the all-out campaign launched by the military's Joint Task Forces, at least ten terrorist surrenderors have been recorded by the Western Mindanao Command  (WestMinCom).

"Amid the all-out campaign launched by the Joint Task Forces, seven communist terrorists and three Abu Sayyaf members surrendered to the Western Mindanao Command within a span  of a week," Capt. Jo-Ann Petinglay, WestMinCom spokedperson, said in a statement Tuesday.

Three members of the Platoon Samsung, Guerilla Front 73, Far South Mindanao Region under a certain Billy yielded to the troops of the 1st Mechanized Infantry Battalion under Lt.  Col. Lauro Oliveros, she said.

Teddy Ayunan, Telada Maguil, and Sandino Julan surrendered to the government forces in Barangay Kamasi, Ampatuan, Maguindanao at 7am last Sunday, December 17.

The communist surrenderees also turned over a Garand rifle, a Caliber 357 Smith and Wesson, and an M16 rifle (Colt).

Ayunan and his companions are currently undergoing a custodial debriefing facilitated by the troops at the headquarters of the 1st Mechanized Infantry Battalion.

According to Petinglay, the firearms surrendered were kept at the headquarters of the mechanized battalion.

Last Decembet 14, Ariel Biluwal, Oting Ginta, Michael Malik, and Jane Gantangan, members of the Guerilla Front 73, also surrendered to Lt. Col. Oliveros.

The group yielded an anti-tank Improvised Explosive Device weighing 30 kilograms, an Elisco M16 rifle, a Colt M16 rifle, and a homemade UZI Sub-Machine Gun.

They also underwent a custodial debriefing facilitated by the troops.

In the same statement, Major General Arnel Dela Vega, the commander of the Joint Task Force Central, said: “This brings to 110 the total number of communist terrorists who surrendered to the WestMinCom.

Of this number, 83 members of the Guerilla Front 73 surrendered.

Lt. Gen. Carlito Galvez, Jr., chief of the WestMinCom, said in compliance with the directive of the President to effectively address the communist terrorist and IS threats in Mindanao, their sustained campaign resulted to series of surrenderees in all fronts.

"We will continue to intensify our campaign to deny these communist terrorists freedom of movement to commit hostilities and terrorize innocent civilians,” Galvez said.

Last Sunday, two more Abu Sayyaf members surrendered to the Joint Task Force Sulu at around 8:30 pm.

The surrenderors were identified as Amin Asjad Ismula, a.k.a. Amin, 37 years old and a resident of Barangay Taglibi, Patikul, Sulu, and Aldissar Bara Jurrani, a.k.a Boy Aldis, 24 years old and a resident of Barangay Buanza, Indanan, Sulu.

They yielded to the troops of the 4th Special Forces Company under Captain Guevarra in Barangay Kanaway, Parang town, with their two M1 Garand rifles.

Brig. Gen. Cirilito Sobejana, the commander of the JTF Sulu, said appropriate documentation was undertaken and, thereafter, the surrenderors underwent a custodial debriefing and physical examination at the headquarters of the Joint Task Force Sulu.

The military tagged Ismula as a follower of the late Abu Sayyaf sub-leader Alhabsy Misaya and ranks number two in the Periodic Status Report of the Armed Forces of the Philippines under Abu Sayyaf sub-leader Apoh Mike, while Jurrani is a follower of Abu Sayyaf sub-leader Magdal Jumdail.

Petinglay said with this recent surrender, there a total of 138 Abu Sayyaf members who capitulated to military troops in Western Mindanao this year.

She added at 2:20 p.m. of December 11, Abu Sayyaf member Persing Abdurasid, a.k.a. Lito, surrendered to Brig. Gen. Sobejana in Barangay Kanaway, Parang, Sulu.

Abdurasid, 41, a resident of Barangay Wanni, Pianjiga, Parang, is a follower of Hatib Hajan Sawadjaan.

“As a gesture of his commitment to fully return to the fold of the law, Abdurasid also surrendered his Garand rifle,” said Sobejana.

Abdurasid was brought to Kuta Heneral Teodulfo Bautista in Jolo, Sulu for custodial debriefing and medical checkup.

His surrender was facilitated by Captain John Arman Guevara, commanding officer of the 4th Special Forces Company, 2nd Special Forces Battalion.

“We gladly welcome Abdurasid and those other members who wish to lay down their arms and end the armed conflicts in Sulu. There can be no better solution but to work in harmony to end terrorism,” said Galvez.

Galvez also commended the men and women of the Joint Task Force Central under Major General Delavega and the Joint Task Force Sulu under Brigadier General Sobejana for their continuing commitment to work for keeping our communities safe.

"I would also like to recognize and thank the provincial government of Maguindanao and Sulu for their assistance and support. We are more motivated to serve knowing that the people are with us in this fight,” he said. -- Hader Glang




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