Some 15 members of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) surrendered in Sulu on Friday, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) said, in what could be a big blow to the terrorist movement.
The AFP’s anti-terror Joint Task Force Sulu said in a statement that the 15 ASG members surrendered along with their firearms. One of them is wanted in Malaysia, Alvin Yusop alias Arab Puti, a close-in aide of top leader Radulan Sahiron.
He was on Eastern Sabah Security Command’s most wanted list for his alleged kidnapping of Indonesians.
Another surrenderee, ASG leader Barahim Nurhajar, under Hatib Sawadjaan,was behind the kidnapping of a mayor in Sulu in the past. Also, two sons of Apoh Mike, an ASG leader and kidnapper — Muarip Adja, alias Arip, and Hatimil Adja, alias Timmir — turned over themselves to the military.
Maj. Gen. William Gonzales, who commands the Philippine Army 11th Infantry Division, said ASG members who surrendered will be provided “full on-integration program” with livelihood aid.
“Tell the others that they are welcome so long as they are sincere, willing to face the rule of law, and most of all ready to cooperate in our fight for peace here in Sulu,” he told the ASG members who surrendered. SOVEREIGNPH