From the Manila Bulletin (Dec 19): 15 Abu Sayyaf bandits yield in Sulu and Basilan
Fifteen Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) bandits surrendered in Sulu and Basilan on December 15 and 18, 2018, the Armed Forces of the Philippines-Western Mindanao Command (AFP-WestMinCom) said on Wednesday.
A report from the Armed Forces of the Philippines-Western Mindanao Command (AFP-WestMinCom) said as troops employ more pressure with their combat operations on the ground, seven more members of the Abu Sayyaf Group laid down their arms in Sulu on Tuesday morning (December 18).
ASG members Darwin Ladja Basal, Al-Shareef Sawadi, Alvin Jalang, Barsi Ennol, Al Nakiban Andi, Almujin Sadhari Adbus, and Algamar Jumadil Ganih surrendered to Lt. Col. Jessie Montoya, the commanding officer of the 2nd Special Forces Battalion Tuesday morning.
The surrenderees also turned seven rifles.
Brigadier General Rey Pabayo, Jr., commander of the Joint Task Force Sulu, said the group of Basal surrendered through the combined efforts of the different teams of the Community Support Program and the sustained conduct of intelligence operations of the ground troops in Sulu.
At around 11 a.m. of the same day, the said Abu Sayyaf members were presented to Colonel Peter Angelo Ramos, the commander of the 501st Brigade, in Bud Datuh, Barangay Tagbak, Indanan.
Meanwhile, the Community Support Program facilitated the surrender of eight ASG members and their 16 high-powered firearms to the Joint Task Force Basilan on December 15.
Led by the 18th Infantry Battalion, the CSP teams presented ASG members Muamar Ahlam, Salli Aliman Kullok, Latip Listarul Laiti, Abdul Tungkeling Anjilon, Astalun Salamun, Bhen Salajar Asani, Mujahid Sapao Tamboh and Unsulludin Listarul Salasamin to Colonel Fernando Reyeg, the Joint Task Force Basilan commander, in Barangay Bohe-Pahuh, Ungkaya Pukan, Basilan.