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More Abu Sayyaf members surrender

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At least five suspected Abu Sayyaf terrorists including a sub-leader in Sulu have renounced their membership to the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) and surrendered their firearms to the military.

The Naval Forces Western Mindanao (NFWM) report said that the continuous focused military operations and implementation of martial law in Mindanao by the military, particularly the Fleet-Marine troops, resulted to the surrender of the ASG members on May 10, 2018 in the different barangays of the Province.

Rear Admiral Rene Medina,  NFWM commander, said Berham Lutian alias Vietnam, the sub-leader of a faction of the Abu Sayyaf; and three of his followers identified as Abdusalam Ajul alias Rambo, Simal Sali and Amil Alibasa surrendered in Kalingalan Caluang town.

According to Medina,  the weapons surrendered were M16A1 rifle with one short plastic magazine, 10 pcs. 5.56mm ammos and 1M79.

He said hours after the surrender of four bandits, another Abu Sayyaf member identified ss Almajir Ahmad alias Abu Darda possesing M16A1 rifle surrendered to the said military troops.

The ASG surrenderee was fetched in Barangay Ipil,  Maimbung town and taken to Marine Battalion Landing Team-3 (MBLT-3) in Barangay Seit Poblacion,  Panamao town to merge with the previous surrenderees.

Later in the afternoon of the same day, Medina added the Abu Sayyaf surrenderees were formally turned over to the proper authorities in a program at MBLT-3 Multi-Purpose Hall.

The military said sacks of rice and assorted groceries were given by Kalingalan Caluang Municipal Mayor Peping Halum and Lt. Col Holgado as support to each ASG surrenderees.

“After the turn over, the said ASG members underwent initial medical check up and initial custodial debriefing by MBLT-3 prior to their transport at Camp Bautista Station Hospital, KHTB, Barangay Bus Bus, Jolo, for further medical check-up and subsequent turn over to PMRF-Sulu for proper disposition.”

Medina said the intensive efforts and dedication to duty of the government troops particularly the Fleet-Marine Forces in Sulu had led to the mass surrender of ASG members and recovery of numerous numbers of loose and high powered firearms.

“With this accomplishment, I commend the troops for another job well done. The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) will continue its stand to deny and end the presence of lawless terrorist groups in the country,” he said. — Hader Glang




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