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Military's all-out pressure vs. ASG leads to surrender of another terrorist in Sulu


The Western Mindanao Command (WestMinCom) on Saturday disclosed that military pressure against the terrorist Abu Sayyaf group has led to the surrender of another fighter in Sulu.

Brig. Gen. Divino Rey Pabayo, commander of the Joint Task Force Sulu, said that Aljumer Sajirin was forced to return to the fold of the law due to the pressure of the all-out campaign against their group.

Sajirin, a member of the Abu Sayyaf Group under sub-leader Almujer Yadah, presented himself to Lt. Col. Amadeo Cruz, commanding officer of the 35th Infantry Battalion, in Barangay Latih, Patikul, Sulu around 1p.m. of July 2.

"He turned-over a Caliber .45 pistol," Pabayo said in a statement issued by WestMinCom media center. "He underwent medical check-up and appropriate interview at the Headquarters of the Joint Task Force Sulu, Kuta Heneral Teodulfo Bautista, Jolo, Sulu."

Since 2017, intensified conduct of focused military operation was launched to bring the defeat of the Abu Sayyaf, which has links to ISIS or Daesh.

In the same statement, Lt. Gen. Arnel B. Dela Vega, WestMinCom chief, expressed his commendations to the troops of the Joint Task Force Sulu led by Pabayo for the accomplishment.

"This resulted to positive results as evidenced by the number of surrendered ASG members in ZamBaSulTa area," said Dela Vega.

"It only shows that when you do right things, and do the things right, more accomplishments will come our way," the WestMinCom chief added.

Since January 2018, a total of 107 Abu Sayyaf members yielded to the troops in the joint area of operations of the WestMinCom. Of this, 59 yielded to the troops in Basilan, 41 in Sulu, 5 in Tawi-Tawi, and 2 in Zamboanga City. Hader Glang

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