By Francis Wakefield
An Abu Sayyaf terrorist was killed while two others surrendered in two separate operations in Sulu and Basilan.
Troops from the 61st/65th Marine Company, Marine Special Operation Group and the 2nd Special Forces Battalion, engaged in an armed confrontation Abu Sayyaf remnants under the late sub-leader Alhabsy Misaya on Bangalaw Island, Banguingui, Sulu, at 2:00 a.m. Friday (May 19).
The exchange of gunfire resulted in the neutralization of an Abu Sayyaf member identified as a certain Imbo.
Troops recovered an M16 rifle, magazines for M16 and ammunition following the firefight.
Found in Imbo’s possession were a sachet of suspected shabu with five other empty sachets and a cell phone containing pertinent information on his fellow bandits.
“Imbo is an ASG/KFRG member and trusted contact on Bangalaw island of the late Misaya,” said Brig. Gen. Cirilito Sobejana, commander of the Joint Task Force Sulu.
“He is a KFR contact and facilitator in the island and a keeper of Misaya’s firearms and pump boats used in kidnapping ventures,” Sobejana added.
No casualty was reported on the government side while it is believed that the bandits suffered heavy casualty from the encounter due to the bloodstains seen in the area.
Meanwhile, two Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) members under sub-leader Nurhassan Jamiri surrendered to the troops of Joint Task Force Basilan under Col. Juvymax Uy on Thursday.
The father and son tandem of Janatin Mudjaral Madjakin, alias Atin, 44, and Aldasid Madjakin, alias Alda, 19, surrendered to the troops of the 3rd Scout Ranger Battalion in Camp Cordero, Campo Uno in Lamitan City, Basilan at 9:30 p.m. of May 18.
The duo yielded two high-powered firearms — an M16A1 rifle and an M79 — following their surrender.
Uy said the duo decided to return to the fold of the law, citing difficulties due to the relentless military operations.
Further, the two revealed that more ASG members are already contemplating to surrender but are just finding the perfect timing to do such.
The Madjakin’s are both residents of Barangay Cabangalan, Ungkaya Pukan. Their surrender brought the tally of bandits who surrendered in Basilan alone to 27 as of Friday.