By Francis Wakefield
Six Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) militants turned themselves to government soldiers in Talipao, Sulu on Monday.
A report from the Armed Forces of the Philippines-Western Mindanao Command (AFP-WestMinCom), said the militants surrendered to troops of the 2nd Special Forces Battalion (2SFBn) led by Lt. Col. Jessie R. Montoya in Talipao, Sulu at about 8 a.m.
Through the efforts of the different Community Support Program (CSP) teams of the 2SFBn, those who voluntarily surrendered were Annuar Sumlahani Dalawis alias Urban, a resident of Sitio Silal, Barangay Lianutan, Luuk, Sulu; Arsi Kalam Akili, a resident of Barangay Danag, Patikul, Sulu; Nassal Asaral alias Nassal, Alvarez Sadjan alias Tundok, and Aysal Ajaral alias Taki, all residents of Barangay Kuppong, Indanan, Sulu; and Medzmar Mursin alias Choy, a resident of Barangay Panabuan, Indanan Sulu.
Dalawis was a member of the group under ASG sub-leader Sibih Pisih while Akili was with senior ASG leader Radullan Sahiron.
On the other hand, Asaral, Sadjan, and Ajaral, were under ASG sub-leader Apo Mike and Mursin was a follower of ASG sub-leader Raden Abu.
The militants turned over six high-powered firearms including one M16A1 rifle and five US M1 Garand rifles.
Custodial debriefing and documentation of subject surrenderees are currently being undertaken at the Headquarters of the 2nd SFBn in Sitio Bayug, Barangay Samak, Talipao, Sulu.
“I commend the troops of the 2nd SF Battalion under the Joint Task Force Sulu led by Brig.
Gen. Divino Rey Pabayo for this recent accomplishment. Carry on with your good work,” said Lt. Gen. Arnel B. Dela Vega, chief of the WestMinCom.
“We hope that more bandits will decide to surrender instead of risking their lives and engaging themselves in deadly encounters,” he added.