20-year-old Abu Sayyaf mem­ber sur­ren­ders

Business World - - THE NATION - Al­bert F. Ar­cilla

A LISTED mem­ber of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) un­der top leader Fu­ruji In­dama sur­ren­dered to mil­i­tary troops in Basi­lan on April 19, the Western Min­danao Command (WesMinCom) re­ported yes­ter­day. The ASG mem­ber was iden­ti­fied as Nasser “Sin­bad” Sa­gap, a 20-year-old res­i­dent of Barangay Limbu Upas in Tipo-Tipo, Basi­lan. He also sur­ren­dered his Cal­iber .30 ri­fle and am­mu­ni­tion. As of yes­ter­day, Mr. Sa­gap was un­der­go­ing a cus­to­dial de­brief­ing by the troops of the 18th In­fantry Batal­lion. “This only man­i­fests that our troops are al­ready grain­ing grounds with the com­bat op­er­a­tions launched by the units and the grow­ing sup­port of the lo­cal gov­ern­ment and the peo­ple in Basi­lan. The Abu Sayyaf ban­dits are now com­pelled to leave their baili­wicks as we work closely with the lo­cal gov­ern­ment and our part­ners to turn the strongholds of the Abu Sayyaf into a peace­ful com­mu­nity,” said Lieu­tenant Gen­eral Car­l­ito G. Galvez, Jr., WesMinCom com­man­der. Mr. Sa­gap is the 17th ASG mem­ber who sur­ren­dered since the start of the no let-up oper­a­tion against the group in Jan­uary this year. He is the 5th to sur­ren­der in Basi­lan. —

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