FOUR Abu Sayyaf raiders have surrendered to the government in the states of Sulu, military officials said on Sunday, November 22, 2020.
Lieutenant General Corleto Vinluan, Jr., commander of the Western Mindanao Command (Westmincom), identified Abu Sayyaf’s surrenders as follows: Radzmel Said alias Amil, 27; Serhamal Bahjin Alli, 28; Muknan Hadjirudin, 43; and Sali Kadil Ammad, 21.
Vinluan said the four surrendered at about 9 am on Saturday, November 21, 2020, to soldiers of the 6th Special Forces Battalion in Buhanginan village, Patikul.
During the debriefing session, Vinluan said the four abductors Abu Sayyaf had revealed that their group had been greatly weakened by neutralizing their leaders and comrades.
As a sign of sincerity, the four handed over their firearms, which include three US-made calibers of US-made Garand .30 M1 rifles with clips loaded with eight rounds of ammunition; and one M-16 Armalite rifle with one short magazine loaded with 10 rounds of ammunition.
“The successful surrender was made possible by the relentless mass base operations of our troops and intelligence operatives,” said Lieutenant Colonel Rafael Caido, 6th Special Forces Battalion acting commander.
Subsequently, Abu Sayyaf surrenders were presented to Brigadier General Ignatius Patrimonio, commander of the 1102nd Infantry Brigade, at the unit headquarters at Camp Bud Datu in Tagbak village, Indanan.
Patrimonio is happy to note that the four have decided to give in to a peaceful life.
He said the surrender of all four was a manifestation that the 1102nd Infantry Brigade is on track in its desire to end terrorism in Patikul.
“Help us inform the rest of the members of the ASG (Abu Sayyaf Group) to do the same while it’s not over for them yet. Together, let’s bring back the peace and progress in Sulu, of which we can all be proud, “he told the four abductors Abu Sayyaf.
Major General William Gonzales said military measures will be taken continuously while non-military actions are also intensified to address security challenges in Sulu province. (SunStar Zamboanga)