ASG member surrenders in Tawi-Tawi

Published November 22, 2020, 10:19 AM

by Nonoy Lacson

ZAMBOANGA CITY – An Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) member, known to be involved in kidnap-for-ransom activities, surrendered to the Marine soldiers in Tawi-Tawi province on Friday, November 20.

Armed Force of the Philippines- Western Mindanao Command (AFP-WestMinCom) Commander Lt Gen Corleto Vinluan, Jr. identified Saturday  the ASG member as Al-Habi Jundam, alias  Victor Jundam. He surrendered to the military at about 9 a.m. Friday.

Jundam  was an active follower of Sulu-based ASG sub-leader Hairullah Asbang.

According to Vinluan, the surrender of Jundam was  a result of the combined efforts of the police and military operating in the province.

“Based on our record, Jundam acted as a security element during the captivity of kidnap victims: John Hablo on October 22, 2013; Jin Hua Chen and Yahong Chen in May 2014; and Rolando De Torchio in October 2015.

He was also involved in the series of encounters against military troops in Sulu Province,” said Vinluan.

Jundam was later  turned over to the provincial government of Tawi-Tawi represented by the  Province Administrator Hadjimar Matba, Bongao, Tawi-Tawi Mayor Jimuel Que, and Ministry of Local Government  (MILG) Tawi-Tawi Officer-In-Charge Cidrimar Maring at the Second Marine Brigade headquarters in Marine Barracks Domingo Deluana, Barangay Sanga-Sanga, Bongao, Tawi-Tawi.

Jundam  also  underwent  custodial debriefing conducted by the Forward Support Medical Team (FSMT-21).

“During the debriefing, Jundam revealed that he was already tired of hiding and he was afraid that he will eventually be the military’s target, thus his surrender,” Rojas said.