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ASG leader ready to surrender

Military: Sahiron tired of life on the run; Sayyaf men in Bohol tired, hungry

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By PNA and Mars W. Mosqueda Jr.

 

One of the hunters of Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) leader Radullan Sahiron has confirmed the willingness of the bandit chief to surrender due to old age, fatigue, and incessant military pressure.

Brig. Gen. Cirilito Sobejana, commander of Joint Task Force Sulu, disclosed this Wednesday. “There is no definite date yet for his surrender but he has expressed willingness to surrender and as reported to us, he is weak, tired and weary due to their constant movement from one place to another as our focused military operation against them is unceasing due to our constant rotation of our forces,” said Sobejana in Filipino.

Radullan Sahiron (Credit: FBI / MANILA BULLETIN)

Radullan Sahiron
(Credit: FBI / MANILA BULLETIN)

While Sahiron has already sent surrender feelers, Lt. Col. Adolfo Escuelas, military intelligence battalion head the Central Command (Centcom) of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, disclosed yesterday that Abu Sayyaf members who are still at large in Bohol are now tired and very hungry, and most of them are injured.

Sobejana declined to identify the ASG chief’s emissary but said the latter is a close and respected friend of the bandit chieftain.

He also declined to give additional details as efforts are still ongoing to ensure that Sahiron’s surrender will materialize.

“We believe that once Radullan surfaces (and surrenders), his followers and other (leaders) will follow,” the military official added.

Should this develop, 70 percent of the ASG problem will be solved, the Joint Task Force Sulu commander stressed.

One of the conditions set by the ASG leader is that the Philippine government will not turn him over to the US government.

Sahiron is the leading figurehead of the ASG in Sulu after most of the founding leaders of the group were killed. The US Federal Bureau of Investigation has set a $1-million reward for the capture of Sahiron.

Lt. Gen. Carlito Galvez Jr., Western Mindanao Command (Westmincom) commander, first broke the news of Sahiron’s plan to surrender last week.

Sobejana said that one of the conditions set by the government is that the ASG chief should also convince his followers to surrender also.

Since President Duterte ordered the military to finish off the bandit group in six-month period, the total number of Abu Sayyaf members who have surrendered has reached 16. The deadline will lapse on June 30. Over 40 Abu Sayyaf members have been killed in the island provinces of Basilan, Sulu, and Tawi-Tawi since January.

Meanwhile, Escuelas said the eight militants in Bohol, including Boholano Joselito Milloria, alias Alih, no longer carry backpacks because they have become too week from being constantly on the run. They were identified as Joselito Milloria, certain alias “Richard,” alias “Ubayda,” alias “Poy,” alias “Dah,” alias “Saad,” and alias “Um Amra.”

The military welcomed the P1-million reward offered by President Duterte for the arrest of eight Abu Sayyaf members.

Bohol remains on red alert as of Thursday, the second day of the meetings of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations in Panglao Island.

Bohol Governor Edgar Chatto urged fishermen in the coastal towns of Bohol to join authorities in keeping an eye on suspected Abu Sayyaf members.

“Our fishermen will be our watchdogs. They should be able to participate in the defense of the province,” Chatto told reporters.

Sea assets of the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) are also patrolling Bohol to secure the summit meeting, its spokesman, Commander Armand Balilo, said. He said the deployment of maritime patrol also aims to assist the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) in its efforts against members of local terrorist group Abu Sayyaf in Inabanga town.

In Cebu, security has been tightened in ports, with authorities strictly checking the baggage of leaving and arriving passengers. (With reports from Raymund F. Antonio and Francis T. Wakefield)

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  • mario

    wow tumanda na ng pagteterrorista ngayon pa susuko with condition 1million u.s. dollars sa palagay mo papalagpasin yan ng mga generals. in your dream.

  • angrycitizen

    I don’t believe AFP press releases anymore. It’s so full of hype and no results. Until the ASG commander surrenders, I’m not holding my breath.

  • Al Arbues

    We will hope that this will serve as a lesson to our young muslim brothers. It is very hard to be an outlaw. They may have much money but they can not enjoy it since their lives are always in danger. They can not come out in the open but are always hiding and running for their lives. It is best to be an educated and law abiding citizen regardless of tribe and religion.

  • kidlot

    I don’t think if Radullan Sahiron surrender will weaken the ASG. He is already old and sick; ASG is only buying time for his surrender negotiation. The young and more aggressive leaders are leading the Bandits (they learned and trained very well by this old CRIMINAL) …. Learn
    from the history, the Muslim rebels will just re-group and change their name…better to exterminate all ASG!

  • leomar101

    I’m in favor of killing him and the rest of the abu’s. You can not trust a moros. Only dead moros is a good moros. How many Generals were killed by their treachery?How many soldiers were being ambushed and killed during the last 6 years of the animal aquino who is a supporter of the MILF?. No, these animals can not be trusted. Kill them directly with no mercy.