COTABATO CITY – Some 10 members of a private armed group (PAG) who served as security escorts of a slain mayor named as narco-politician and included in President Rodrigo Duterte’s narco-list have voluntarily surrendered here, police announced Friday.
The surrenderers were identified as Andih Anso, Kamsali Anso Bansil alias “Tali”, Johari Anso Villanueva alias “Wari”, Johair Anso Villanueva alias “Ting”, Samsodin Anso Villanueva alias “Unggal”, Arnold Anso Mohammad alias “Nods”, Abobakar Anso Villanueva alias “Bakar”, Abraham Udti Anso alias “Mego”, Monib Anso Mohammad alias “Nibds” and Gani Anso Esmael alias “Gans”.
They turned over assorted firearms, including a .50-caliber Barrett sniper rifle, to Maj. Gen. Albert Ignatius Ferro, acting director of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) national office, during surrender rites held at the CIDG office on Thursday afternoon.
Maj. Esmael Madin, CIDG Maguindanao team head, said Anso also surrendered three live rifle-propelled grenades and two 40-mm grenade projectiles.
Anso admitted that his group was convinced by Madin, Col. Tom Tuzon, and Lt. Col. Cyrus Belarmino, CIDG-Zamboanga del Sur director, to surrender and live normal lives once more.
Ferro has lauded the local police and local officials of Parang, Maguindanao where the gunmen used to live.
“They have no criminal cases and their surrender was a good gesture they have no intent to commit crimes,” Ferro told reporters of the 10 gunmen who hid in Zamboanga del Sur after their alleged “boss” was killed.
Ferro declined to identify the former mayor who was killed during anti-drug operations in Cotabato City in 2017. (with a report from Lloyd Caliwan/PNA)