3 Abus, 7 communists surrender Print
Wednesday, 20 December 2017 17:23

Amid the all-out campaign launched by the Joint Task Forces, seven communist terrorists and three Abu Sayyaf members surrendered to the Western Mindanao Command within a span of a week.

Three members of the Platoon Samsung, Guerilla Front 73, Far South Mindanao Region under a certain Billy yielded to the troops of the 1st Mechanized Infantry Battalion under Lieutenant Colonel LauroOliveros.

Teddy Ayunan, TeladaMaguil, and Sandino Julan surrendered to the government forces in Barangay Kamasi, Ampatuan, Maguindanao at 7am last Sunday (December 17).

The subjects turned over a Garand rifle, a Caliber 357 Smith and Wesson, and an M16 rifle (Colt).

Ayunan and his companions are currently undergoing a custodial debriefing facilitated by the troops at the headquarters of the 1st Mechanized Infantry Battalion.

The firearms surrendered were kept at the headquarters of the mechanized battalion.

On December 14, Ariel Biluwal, OtingGinta, Michael Malik, and Jane Gantangan, members of the Guerilla Front 73, also surrendered to Lieutenant Colonel Oliveros.

The group yielded an anti-tank Improvised Explosive Device weighing 30 kilograms, an Elisco M16 rifle, a Colt M16 rifle, and a homemade UZI Sub-Machine Gun.

They also underwent a custodial debriefing facilitated by the troops.

“This brings to 110 the total number of communist terrorists who surrendered to the WestMinCom troops,” said Major General ArnelDela Vega, the commander of the Joint Task Force Central.

Of this number, 83 members of the Guerilla Front 73 surrendered.

“In compliance with the directive of the President to effectively address the Communist Terrorist and IS threats in Mindanao, our sustained campaign resulted to series of surrenderees in all fronts. We will continue to intensify our campaign to deny these communist terrorists freedom of movement to commit hostilities and terrorize innocent civilians,” said Lieutenant General Carlito G. Galvez, Jr., the Commander of the Western Mindanao Command.

Meanwhile, two Abu Sayyaf members surrendered to the Joint Task Force Sulu at 8:30pm last Sunday (December 17).

Amin AsjadIsmula, a.k.a. Amin, 37 years old and a resident of Barangay Taglibi, Patikul, Sulu, and Aldissar Bara Jurrani, a.k.a Boy Aldis, 24 years old and a resident of Barangay Buanza, Indanan, Sulu, yielded to the troops of the 4th Special Forces Company under Captain Guevarra in Barangay Kanaway, Parang, Sulu.

Ismula and Jurrani also turned over two M1 Garand rifles.

“Appropriate documentation was undertaken and, thereafter, the surrendered members underwent a custodial debriefing and physical examination at the headquarters of the Joint Task Force Sulu,” said Brigadier General CirilitoSobejana, the commander of the JTF Sulu.

Ismula is a follower of the late Abu Sayyaf sub-leader AlhabsyMisaya and ranks number two in the Periodic Status Report of the Armed Forces of the Philippines under Abu Sayyaf sub-leader Apoh Mike.

Meanwhile, Jurrani is a follower of Abu Sayyaf sub-leader MagdalJumdail.

With this recent surrender, there a total of 138 Abu Sayyaf members who capitulated to military troops in Western Mindanao this year.

At 2:20pm of December 11, Abu Sayyaf member PersingAbdurasid, a.k.a. Lito, surrendered to Brigadier General CirilitoSobejana, the commander of the Joint Task Force Sulu, in Barangay Kanaway, Parang, Sulu.

A follower of HatibHajanSawadjaan, Abdurasid, 41, is a resident of Barangay Wanni, Pianjihan, Parang, Sulu.

“As a gesture of his commitment to fully return to the fold of the law, Abdurasid also surrendered his Garand rifle,” said Brigadier General Sobejana.

Abdurasid was brought to KutaHeneralTeodulfo Bautista in Jolo, Sulu for custodial debriefing and medical checkup.

Said surrender was facilitated by Captain John Arman Guevara, commanding officer of the 4th Special Forces Company, 2nd Special Forces Battalion.

“We gladly welcome Abdurasid and those other members who wish to lay down their arms and end the armed conflicts in Sulu. There can be no better solution but to work in harmony to end terrorism,” said Lieutenant General Carlito G. Galvez, Jr., the commander of the Western Mindanao Command.

“I commend the men and women of the Joint Task Force Central under Major General Delavega and the Joint Task Force Sulu under Brigadier General Sobejana for their continuing commitment to work for keeping our communities safe,” he added.

“I would also like to recognize and thank the provincial government of Maguindanao and Sulu for their assistance and support. We are more motivated to serve knowing that the people are with us in this fight.”