MANILA — The Philippine Army’s Joint Task Force-Sulu on Friday announced the surrender of 36 suspected Abu Sayyaf group members and their supporters.
The surrenderees, allegedly members and supporters of the late ASG subleader Alhabsy Misaya, also yielded seven M1 Garand rifles and one M653 rifle to the military in Omar, Suly.
Misaya, a notorious kidnapper and was wanted in Malaysia, died in a clash with Marines in 2017.
The surrenderees were presented to Omar Mayor Abdulbaki Ajibon, Naval Forces Western Command commander Commodore Toribio Adaci Jr, JTF Sulu chief Major General William Gonzales, and Philippine Army battalion commander MBLT8 Lieutenant Colonel Allan Angelo Tolentino.
“Ito pong 36 na tao na ito ay mga biktima lang din. Noong panahon ay naipit lang sila ng pagkakataon at napilitang kumapit sa patalim,” Ajibon said.
Gonzales credited the local government unit for closely coordinating with the military and for reaching out to Abu Sayyaf members and their allies.
“Napakaganda ho ng tulungan ng ating kasundaluhan at LGU. Katulad ho ng ginawa natin ngayon, nagkaroon na rin ng peace covenant sa Indanan at Patikul kung saan itinatakwil ang mga miyembro at sumusuporta sa Abu Sayyaf,” he said. (AI/FC/MTVN)