By Francis Wakefield
Eight Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) members surrendered to the troops of the 2nd Special Forces Battalion under the Joint Task Force Sulu in Talipao, Sulu on Thursday (December 6, 2018).
Col. Gerry Besana, the spokesman of the Armed Forces of the Philippines-Western Mindanao Command (AFP-WestMinCom), said the eight turned themselves in at about 10:30 a.m.
The eight were identified as Alnajir Murpi, Altimar Maddas, Tambrin Elek Lagtasan alias Tam, and Bilhaimer Adoh Imlan alias Mimik, all under the late ASG Sub-leader Alhabsi Misaya and residents of Barangay Marsada, Talipao, Sulu; Almadi Imamil, under ASG Sub-leader Yasser Igasan and Almilda Almindo, under ASG Sub-leader Sihata, all residents of Barangay Marsada, Talipao, Sulu; Junie Kilonh Iting alias Jun, under ASG Sub-leader Yasser Igasan and resident of Barangay Butan, Indanan, Sulu; and Robin Sasapan Hajan alias Pallakan, under ASG Sub-leader Alden Bagade and resident of Barangay Kuppong, Indanan, Sulu.
The group also turned over eight high-powered firearms including an M14 rifle, an M16 A1, five US M1 Garand rifles, and an M1 Carbine rifle.
Besana said the successful surrender was facilitated through the efforts of the different community support program (CSP) Teams of the 2nd SFBn led by Lt. Col. Jessie R. Montoya.
“With the conduct of Community Support Programs, we hope that more bandits will be encouraged to lay down their arms and return to the folds of the law,” said Lt. Gen. Arnel B. Dela Vega, WestMinCom Chief.