COTABATO CITY: Two former Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) members denounced the group’s deception as they handed over their firearms to the military in Sulu on Tuesday April 5.
According to Maj. Gen. Ignatius Patrimonio, commander of Joint Task Force Sulu, the surrender of the ASG members was an offshoot of the active collaboration between the military and the police.
Maj. Gen. Patrimonio identified the surrendered personalities as a.k.a. Udar, 42 years old, a resident of Panamao, and a follower of Senior Leader Radullan Sahiron, and a.k.a. Al, 42 years old, a resident Luuk, and a follower of sub-leader Idang Susukan and the late sub-leader Alhabsy Misaya.
“Despaired by the terrorist group’s deception, the two decided to end their armed struggle and return to the folds of the law,” Maj. Gen. Patrimonio said.
The surrendered personalities handed over one Elisco M16A1 rifle, one US cal. 30 M1 Garand rifle, one Colt 1911 Cal. 45 pistol with magazine loaded with five live ammunition, three long and two short magazines of M16A1 rifle loaded with 41 rounds of 5.56mm live ammunition, five rounds of M203 live ammunition, and one black bandolier to the troops of the 4th Marine Brigade in Barangay Tandu Bato, Luuk, Sulu.
The duo revealed that they are tired of evading the government forces and victimizing innocent civilians. They also fear being killed due to the ASG’S weakened capability and the intensified operations of the military in the province.
Lt. Gen. Alfredo Rosario, Jr., commander of Western Mindanao Command (WestMinCom) said that “the success of the AFP’s campaign against terrorism is attributable to the synergy among security forces (AFP , PNP, and the intelligence units) coupled with the unwavering support of the local government units, peace partners, the religious leaders and the locals.” He also urged the remaining ASG members to come out amid the gradual loss of mass support of the ASG propelled by the combat and non-combat operations of the armed forces.
JULMUNIR I. JANNARAL