By Arwen Pascua
MANILA — Philippine National Police Chief Gen. Debold Sinas told Maharlika TV News on Friday, 26 March 2021, that at least 10 Private Armed Group (PAG) members in Cotabato City have yielded to authorities on Thursday, 25 March 2021.
Sinas identified the surrenderees as Abo Group Members headed by Ambie Anso Bansil alyas Mama Abo (Leader) who surrendered to personnel of Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) Regional Field Unit 9 in collaboration with RFU BAR, RID PRO BAR, 1st ZSPMFC, ZDS, Parang Municipal Police Station, JTG KUTAWATO and Cotabato City Police Office.
Bansil surrendered with nine (9) other members namely Kamsali Anso Bansil alyas Talis; Johari Ansi Villanueva; Johair Ansi Villanueva; Samsodin Anso Villanuenva; Arnold Anso Mohammad; Abonabakr Anso Villaneuva; Abrahan Undti Ansi alyas Mego; Moniv Ansi Mohammad and Gani Anso Esmael all from Maguindanao.
They surrendered at around 10:30 a.m. to CIDG Director Aber Ignatius Ferro at CIDG RFU BAR, PC Hill, Cotabato City.
Along with them were the following assorted firearms, explosives, and ammunition which were surrendered to police authorities: One (1) unit homemade cal. 50 Barrett with scope and bipod without serial number; One (1) unit homemade 7.62 MM Barrett with one (1) magazine; One (1) unit homemade shotgun with SN: 061710 with one (1) magazine; One (1) unit shotgun 12 Gauge (Armscor) One (1) unit M130 Garand rifle without SN; One (1) unit KG9 with one (1) magazine bearing serial number 148687; One (1) homemade M79 Grenade Launcher; One (1) unit Cal. 357 revolver without serial number; One (1) unit Cal .38 revolver without serial number; One (1) unit Cal .39 revolver with serial number 45089; Three (3) pieces rifle
grenade; Two (2) pieces 40MM ammunition; and Sixteen (16) pieces live ammunition for 12 Gauge.
Records show that the group was formerly led by the deceased Mayor Talib B. Abo of Parang, Maguindanao.
The surrendered firearms, explosives, and ammunition were turned over to CIDG RFU9 while the surrenderees were turned over to the Local Government Unit for assessment and avail of livelihood assistance, PNP Chief Sinas said. (AI/MTVN)