TWO members of Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) surrendered to government forces the other day in Sulu.
This was confirmed by Colonel Gerry Besaba, spokesman of Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Western Mindanao Command (Westmincom).
Besana said the bandits surrendered through the intensified operation of the government forces and the strong collaboration with the local government units.
The first who surrendered was identified as Jul-Amri Sali alias Pujong, 27, married, resident of Barangay Bulangsih, Panamao, Sulu, and a member of ASG under Radulan Sahiron.
He surrendered to the troops of the Marine Battalion Landing Team-3 at its headquarters in Barangay Seit, Poblacion, Panamao, Sulu and turned over his M1 Garand rifle.
Besana said Pujong turned himself through the effort of Marine Battalion Landing Team (MBLT-) 3 led by Lieutenant Colonel Ramil Holgado under the Philippine Marine Ready Force-Sulu led by Colonel Armel Tolato, the local government of Panamao, and barangay officials of Bulangsih headed by Chairman Alnajar Abdulhan.
Sali is the son of ex-ASG member Basari Sali who just recently surrendered (February 10, 2019).
Another ASG member who submitted himself to the troops of the 21st Infantry Battalion in Barangay Danag, Patikul, Sulu on the same day was identified as a certain alias Sibih, a resident of Barangay Lower Binuang, Talipao, Sulu and worked under the leadership of ASG sub leader Idang Susukan.
Sibih decided to surrender because of the struggles they are experiencing due to the pressure imposed by the government forces.
Besana said Sibih also turned over one M1 Garand rifle, magazine, and ammunitions to the troops. Westmincom commander Lt. Gen. Arnel Dela Begs welcomes the two bandits and vowed to give them all sorts of assistance for them to be able to start a new life.
“The Western Mindanao Command through all of its Joint Task Forces will sustain the conduct of intensified military and intelligence operations to eliminate the remaining threats in the region,” Dela Vega said.