An ASG courier named Samatan Aknalun Imban, 41, is now one of the beneficiaries of the government’s programs for rebel returnees after willingly laying down his M1 Garand and submitting himself to the 64th Infantry Battalion (64IB) on Wednesday (August 4) at Brgy. Upper Benembengan, Sumisip, Basilan.
The surrender of Imban is credited to the efforts of the 16th Military Intelligence Company (16MICO) of the 1st Military Intelligence Battalion (MIB) and the 64th Infantry Battalion, according to Lt. Col. Renante D. Besa, CO, 64IB.
“The 64IB will continue its peace campaign projects with the local government unit to convince the remnants and supporters of the Abu Sayaff Group (ASG) to return to the fold of the law,” said Besa.
Besa further stated that 64IB will help the ASG courier reintegrate into society and take advantage of government initiatives for rebel returnees.
The commander of 1ID, Maj. Gen. Gene M. Ponio, praised the actions of 16MICO and 64IB in the capitulation of Imban. He also urged the remaining Abu Sayaff members to surrender and join the society as productive members.
“Take advantage of the government’s integration programs. It will provide you with an opportunity to return to your families and communities, and together we shall peacefully solve our problems,” he added.