Daily Tribune (Philippines)

Abu supporters yield to military


Three Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) supporters surrendere­d to government troops in Basilan on Wednesday, the military disclosed yesterday.

The Armed Forces of the Philippine­s-Western Mindanao Command (AFP-WestMinCom) identified the three who surrendere­d as Hasid Aslimto Abdurasul, alias Taba; Usaimin Talih Kabong, alias Ninnik; and Gerry Langkat Laikan, alias Ger.

The AFP-WestMinCom, said the three ASG supporters turned themselves in to troops of the Army’s 18th Infantry Battalion in Basilan at 8 a.m., amid the intensifie­d operations launched against the local terrorist group.

The three during their surrender also handed over two M1 Garand rifles and a Thompson sub-machine gun.

The surrendero­rs and their firearms were then presented to Joint Task

Force Basilan Commander, Brigadier General Fernando Reyeg, at the 18th IB headquarte­rs in Ungkaya Pukan.

As this developed, 25 loose firearms were also handed over by the local chief executives of Albarka and Ungkaya Pukan to 18th IB Commanding Officer Lieutenant Colonel Ivan San Jose and were subsequent­ly presented to Brig. General Reyeg on the same event.

“We are greatly happy with the unwavering support of the local chief executives in all our peace efforts,” Lieutenant General Cirilito Sobejana, the Commander of the WestMinCom, said.

“In our desire to achieve sustainabl­e peace, we continuous­ly convince the remaining Abu Sayyaf militants and other lawless elements to lay down their arms and return to the fold of the law,” he added.

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