By Francis T. Wakefield
Four Abu Sayyaf terrorists in Sulu surrendered to soldiers of the Second Special Forces Battalion of the Joint Task Force Sulu on Saturday.
Raddoh Jamah and Saddam Hussein, both residents of Talipao Sulu; Okim Jikiri and Abdulsali Abda Abdul karim, both of Omar, Sulu, voluntarily turned-over their firearms to the soldiers upon their surrender at about 8:30 a.m.
Jamah and Hayudani were members of Abu Sayyaf Subleader Sibih Pisih, while Jikiri and Abdul sarim were trusted followers of Alhabsy Misaya.
The turned-over firearms included an M16 rifle, two Garand rifles, and one Colt cal .45 pistol.
The Abu Sayyaf members are currently at the headquarters of the 2nd SFBn at Sitio Bayug, Brgy. Samak, Talipao and were later taken to the headquarters of JTF Sulu in, Brgy. Bus-Bus, Jolo, Sulu for medical examination and custodial debriefing.
“We greatly attribute the current surrenders to the efforts of the local government of Sulu and the information from those Abus who surrendered earlier,” said Brig. Gen. Cirilito Sobejana, commander of Joint Task Force Sulu.
“Those who are still hiding have come out after they saw that the government was serious in giving them a second chance to live a peaceful life,” he added.
For 2018 alone, a total of 28 Abu Sayyaf personalities have already surrendered.
WestMinCom has accumulated a total of 186 ASG surrenderers since 2017 and continue to process feelers as it sustains the campaign against the bandit group particularly in BaSulTa (Basilan, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi) area.
“We will maintain the momentum and we will cater and process future Abu Sayyaf surrenderees with the support of all the Governors, Mayors and Barangay officials of the region including the traditional and religious leaders,” Lieutenant General Carlito G Galvez, Jr., Commander of the Western Mindanao Command said.
“The AFP through WestMinCom will continue the pressure and sustain the strategic alliance with our partners in eradicating the ASG menace and terror threats in Western Mindanao.”
“As long as the community and the local government units are with us in this fight, we will surely accomplish our mission,” Galvez added.
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