Three Abus surrender in Basilan Print
Tuesday, 10 July 2018 14:57

Three more Abu Sayyaf Group  (ASG) members surrendered to military troops in Basilan Province over the weekend.

The surrenderers were followers of the late ASG sub- leader MasudTanajalin alias Abu Talha.

The bandits turned themselves over to the troops of the 3rd Scout Ranger Battalion under Lieutenant Colonel Montano Almodovar and in coordination with the local officials of Akbar Municipality.

The surrenderers were identified as Samir Laarin, 33, RamilMobarak, 33 and NaimMajid, 31, all residents of Upper Sinangkapan, Akbar, Basilan Province.

They also turned over one M16, two Garand Rifles and assorted ammunition upon their surrender.

The Intelligence personnel of the 3rd Scout Ranger Battalion (3SRB) immediately facilitated the initial custodial debriefing of the 3 returnees.

A simple surrender ceremonial program was held at the headquarters of the 3SRB in Barangay Campo Uno, Lamitan City, Basilan Province.

They were presented to newly appointed Joint Task Force Basilan Commander Colonel Fernando Reyeg, and witnessed by the following LGU executives of Akbar Municipality: Vice Mayor Ali Sali, SB member Abdul Halik S Yusop, Brgy Chairman Nuruddin M Nasirin of Upper Sinangkapan, and Provincial Board Member Faisal Salih.

“The ASG surrenderors came to a realization that they can go back to the folds of the law and start living a peaceful life with their families," said Col. Reyeg.

"This is a result of our continuing close collaboration with the LGU officials to convince these ASGs to lay down their arms,” he added.

The surrendered firearms and other war materials were temporarily brought to the 3SRB headquarters for documentation and safekeeping.

"The 3 ASG members decided to return to the folds of the law due to the relentless focused military operations conducted by JTF-Basilan that triggered the recent surrender of their other comrades including some of their leaders," said Westmincom chief ArnelDela Vega.

Since January 2018 to date a total of 123 ASG surrenderors have been listed in ZamBaSulTa area, 62 of who yielded in Basilan. – Dan Toribio