Abu sub-leader, followers surrender PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 10 June 2018 16:10

By ELY DUMABOC

An Abu Sayyaf Group sub-leader and nine of his followers surrendered at a military camp  in Barangay Tumahubong, Sumisip, Basilan Province last Friday, according to a military report.

The ASG leader was identified as Bobong Mastul aka Bobong.

The group surrendered to the 64th Infantry Battalion headquarters at around 10 a.m.

An interview with the surrenderers claimed that they were forced to lay down their arms to 64th Infantry Battalion Commander Lt. Col Philip Fagel due to the hardships they were experiencing brought about by an intensified campaign launched by the military in Basilan.

Mastul’s followers were identified as Atotong Sarahadil, Salahudin Jabbon, Sapwan Kapitan Aliman, Nassir Jaid Tahil, Hair Tiglama Kawakibon, Adeh Kawakibon, Rubin Ikih, Aminin Baliyong and Suedin Muril.

The bandits also surrendered several high-powered firearms consisting of three M-16 rifles, an M-79 grenade launcher, an ingram sub-machine gun, a 5.56mm carbine, an M1 Garand rifle, magazines and ammunition for the firearms and assorted communication equipment.

The surrenderors underwent profiling and custodial debriefing.

“This was a combined effort of our troops and the local government led by Sumisip Municipal Mayor Gulam “Boy” Hataman,” said Brigadier General Juvymax Uy, Joint Task Force Basilan Commander.

Western Mindanao Command Chief Lt. Gen. Arnel Dela Vega said that the mlitary welcomes all those who wish to lay down their arms and return to the folds of the law.  (Ely Dumaboc)