Seven Abu Sayyaf fighters surrender to troops in Sulu Print
Wednesday, 20 September 2017 16:36


Seven members of the Abu Sayyaf Group  surrendered to the military in Sulu on Saturday as the government troops continue their relentless campaign efforts  in  combating the extremist group in the province.

Armed Forces of the Philippines, Western Mindanao Command (AFP-WestMinCom) spokesman Army Capt. Jo-Ann Petinglay said that the seven  Abu Sayyaf members surrendered to Lt. Col. Jesse Montoya, commanding officer of the 2nd Special Forces Battalion, in Barangay Likod Pata, Pata Island, Sulu at 8:30pm, Saturday.

Captain Petinglay said the seven ASG members were operating  under the late sub-leader Alhabsy Misaya.

Petinglay identified  them as Aldin Hadil Akmad, 25, Willing Ibba Jaabal, 45, Ijal Samsain Sadjal, 25, and Emar Ladjar Udjah, 17. The three others have not yet been identified.

"Through the joint efforts of the 3rd Sulu Civilian Active Auxiliary Company and the Special Intelligence Team, Akmad and his companions decided to return to the fold of the law," Petinglay said.

"The surrenderees also turned over an M16 rifle and three Garand rifles," added Petinglay.

“Documentation is currently being undertaken at the headquarters of the 2nd Special Forces Battalion in Talipao, Sulu," the spokesperson said.

At the start of the year, intensified conduct of focused military operations were directed to bring the defeat of the Abu Sayyaf, and with the offensives of the Joint Task Forces in the ZamBaSulta area they resulted to the surrender of many Abu Sayyaf members.

As of this report there are already a total of 23 Abu Sayyaf members who have surrendered in Sulu .

"I commend the recent accomplishment of JTF Sulu under Brigadier General Sobejana," said Lieutenant General Carlito G. Galvez, Jr., commander of the Western Mindanao Command.

"The unit is very successful in their coordinations and stakeholders engagements that yielded this positive result," added the WestMinCom chief.

From January 2017 to this date, there are a total of 111 Abu Sayyaf members who surrendered to the troops in the joint area of operations of the WestMinCom. Of this, 65 yielded to the troops in Basilan, 23 in Sulu, 21 in Tawi-Tawi, and two in Zamboanga City.

"Our Joint Task Forces are committed in intensifying the offensives to neutralize the remaining Abu Sayyaf bandits, who are on the run now. This operational accomplishment is attributed to our soldiers on the ground who made this possible," added Lt. Gen. Galvez - Ely Dumaboc