ASG sub-leader, 5 others surrender PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 11 May 2018 13:24

By RICHARD FALCATAN

Isabela City, Basilan Province - An Abu Sayyaf sub-leader together with five of his  followers laid down their arms and surrendered to government forces.

A special operation was conducted by members of Joint Task Force Basilan under BGen Juvymax Uy in coordination with Basilan Governor Hon. Jim  Hataman Salliman and ARMM Governor Hon. Mujiv Hataman which resulted to the successful surrender of ASG sub-leader Apan Apino aka Mudzrin together with five (5) of his followers at Brgy Sinulatan, Tuburan, Basilan Province

The surrenderers also brought with them six (6) high powered firearms to include three (3) M16 Rifles, two (2) M1 Garand Rifles and one (1) M79 Grenade Launcher with assorted magazines and ammunitions.

The surrender of the group was a result of the focused and relentless pursuit operations of the troops of JTF Basilan and persistent government initiatives and inter-agency efforts of the AFP with support from the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) and the Provincial Government of Basilan.

According to the surrendered individuals, they are already tired of running away and evading government forces.

Hunger and the boredom of being away from their families are also reasons why they left a life of terrorism.

“We have won over several communities that used to support the Abu Sayyaf bandits. The Abus are now confined in the hinterlands where they intimidate communities for support” said BGen Juvymax R Uy, Commander of the Joint Task Force Basilan.

“The Abu Sayyafs are not safe in Basilan. We are giving the option for them to reconsider peace through surrender while the door is still open” Uy ends.

ARMM Governor Mujiv Hataman, Governor Jim Hataman and BGen Uy are once again calling for the remaining members of the Abu Sayyaf Group to step down and live a peaceful and normal life.

The g overnment is still on its ongoing initiative in providing a livelihood program to those rebels that will be coming back to the folds of the law.  (Richard Falcatan)