ZAMBOANGA CITY — The Western Mindanao Command (Westmincom) on Wednesday said the number of Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) surrenderers have already reached 117 since January this year.
This developed as three more ASG members have surrendered because of mounting pressure brought about by the continuous military offensives against them.
Brig. Gen. Cirilito Sobejana, Joint Task Force Sulu commander, identified the latest surrenderers as Jimil Inggan, 25; Madjidul Asari, 47; and, Alex Issan, 38, all followers of the late ASG sub-leader Ninok Sappari.
Sobejana said they surrendered on Sunday in Barangay Bonbon, Patikul, to the troops of the Army’s 32nd Infantry Battalion headed by Lt. Col. Jaran Abdula.
Sobejana said they yielded two caliber .30 M1 Garand rifles, which were subsequently brought by the troops to the headquarters of the 501st Infantry Brigade.
“Inggan and his companions are currently undergoing custodial debriefing facilitated by our intelligence operatives,” Sobejana said.
The surrender of Inggan and his two companions has brought to 117 members of the ASG, who surrendered to the military authorities since January, this year.
Of the total, 65 surrendered in Basilan, 29 in Sulu, 21 in Tawi-Tawi, and two in Zamboanga City.
Lt. Gen. Carlito Galvez Jr., Westmincomm chief, said they will gladly welcome the bandit-surrenderees “as we prepare them to live in the mainstream” of the society. PNA