Snowballing of success continue as six ASG members surrender to troops of JTF-SULU

by Warren Ryan Revoltar

The 45th Infantry Battalion presents six (6) Abu Sayyaf Group rebel returnees under senior leader Radullan Sahiron to JTF – Sulu Commander.

On Monday (November 23), LTC Ruben Guinolbay, Commanding Officer of 45th Infantry Battalion presented six (6) Abu Sayyaf Group rebel returnees under ASG sub-leader Radullan Sahiron to MGen William N Gonzales, the Commander of the Joint Task Force Sulu. BGen Ignatius N Patrimonio, Commander of 1102nd Infantry Brigade, was also present in the event. Later that day, the rebel returnees were also presented to Hon. Kabir Hayudini, Municipal Mayor of Patikul, Sulu.

The six (6) ASG members were identified as Sudduri G Atam @ Apo Adam, Amjad T Idjas @ Amjad, Kamlon N Kahal @ Kams, Mahmot O Asanulla @ Mong, Kimar Habari ABDAH @ Ambot, and Jahawi Laham Dadjong @Laham. They brought with them their firearms, one (1) M16A1 Rifle, one (1) M1 Springfield Rifle and one (1) M2 Carbine Rifle.

The Joint Civil-Military and Intelligence Operations of the 45IB with the Patikul Municipal Police Station led by PCPT Carbungco effectively convinced these rebel returnees to surrender and return to the folds of the law. LTC Guibolbay stated that, “Ipagpapatuloy namin ang mga programang ito para mahikayat pa ang ibang mga myembro ng ASG na bumaba na sa bundok at magbalik-loob sa gobyerno.”

JTFS Commander, MGen Gonzales also lauded the continuous effort of the 45IB and the Patikul MPS in achieving peace and development in the area. “I see the surrender of the ASG members will continue lalo na ngayon na nakikita ang mga pagbabago tungo sa progresibong mga adhikain, the next thing that we will focus on is the development programs here in the Municipality of Patikul, and in the whole Province of Sulu.” — Philippine Army

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