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13 more Abu Sayyaf terrorists surrender to gov't troops in Sulu

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The military's Western Mindanao Command (WestMinCom) keeps on gaining ground against the Abu Sayyaf group as more than a dozen terrorists yielded with their fitearms in Sulu.

In a statement, Lt. Col. Gerry Besana, WestMinCom spokesperson, said following the series of surrenders in the ZamBaSulTa area, thirteen more Abu Sayyaf gunmen voluntarily surrendered to Lt. Col. Jessie Montoya, commanding officer of the 2nd Special Forces Battalion, in Barangay Samak, Talipao Sulu around 9pm Friday, July 7.

He said the surrenderors brought along with them assorted high and low powered firearms and promised to bring more later after their initial processing at the headquarters of the 2SFBn.

Lt. Gen. Arnel Dela Vega, WestMinCom chief, welcomed the surrenderors and assured them they will be covered by the support packages offered in the government’s ‘Oplan Balikloob’.

Dela Vega urged the other remaining ASG members to do the same because there is nothing more fulfilling than to accomplish their mission without any bloodshed.

According to Brig. Gen. Divino Rey Pabayo, Joint Task Force Sulu Commander, "This is a clear manifestation that we are achieving our goal of clearing Sulu province from the menace of the ASG through peaceful means.

"We are giving them a better option and to reembrace the true essence of Islam," he said.

Since 1991, the Abu Sayyaf armed with mostly improvised explosive devices, mortars and automatic rifles has been carrying out kidnappings, bombings, and other attacks in the south. It is still holding kidnap victims including locals and foreigners. Hader Glang




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