On Monday, December 28, 2020, another member of the recognized terrorist group Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) surrendered to Marine soldiers from Marine Battalion Landing Team-1 of Naval Task Group Sulu/ 4th Marine Brigade in Panamao, Sulu.
Akri Bauddin Abdulhamsi, who was purportedly linked to the late ASG Sub-leader Hairula Abduraja, was recognized by Marine Intelligence personnel.
During his surrender, Abdulhamsi handed over his M16A1 rifle to the Marines and admitted that he began working for the terrorist organisation as a logistical courier in 2019. Following his engagement in an armed encounter with the Marine Forces last December 2019 in Bud Bawis Complex, Panamao, Sulu, he became a full-time member.
The surrender was assisted by Lt. Col. Marvin T. Salvan PN(M), the Commanding Officer of the Marine Battalion Landing Team-1 (MBLT-1), who was then handed to Col. Hernanie S. Songano PN(M)(GSC), the Commander of the Naval Task Group Sulu/ 4th Marine Brigade.
Songano praised the Marines of MBLT-1, the LGUs, religious leaders, and other partners for their unwavering collaboration and support, which were instrumental in Abdulhamsi’s successful surrender and return to the folds of the law.
As of this writing, 36 members of the ASG had surrendered to authorities in Panamao, Sulu. Collaboration between government forces, peace-inclined parties, and local government units resulted in the successful surrender and handover of the 36 ASG members.
The Naval Forces Western Mindanao, through its frontline Naval and Marine components, committed to continue supporting the Western Mindanao Command and the Armed Forces of the Philippines in their battle to end the province’s local armed conflict. It is my fervent view that the absence of local armed conflict will be the impetus for achieving the province’s most desired long-term peace and security.