16 Abu Sayyaf Group bandits yield in Sulu

Photo courtesy of the 11ID Public Affairs Office

Sixteen Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) bandits have surrendered in the province of Sulu, including three explosives keepers, according to a military officer. On July 22, the insurgents surrendered to Brig. Gen. Antonio Bautista Jr., commander of the 1101st Infantry Brigade in Sitio Bayog, Barangay Samak, Talipao, Sulu. The Alpha brothers – Kamar, Alkaider, and Adzmer… Continue reading 16 Abu Sayyaf Group bandits yield in Sulu

5 Abu Sayyaf Group members yield in Basilan

Photo courtesy of WesMinCom, AFP

On July 19, 2021, five members of the Abu Sayyaf Group led by the late Isnilon Hapilon surrendered to the military in Lamitan City, Basilan, according to Western Mindanao Command (WesMinCom) Commander Lt. Gen. Corleto Vinluan, Jr. As per the WesMinCom commander, the militants turned themselves in at the 68th Infantry Battalion Headquarters in Campo… Continue reading 5 Abu Sayyaf Group members yield in Basilan

Military troops overran Abu Sayyaf encampment in Sulu, ASG member seized

Photo courtesy of the 11th Infantry Division Public Affairs Office

The military stated on Saturday that an encampment of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) was overrun by Army elite forces in the Sulu hinterlands, killing one member of the terror group. The forces overran the encampment after a fight broke out about 12:20 PM, Friday, while checking on the alleged presence of ASG bandits in Bud Daho,… Continue reading Military troops overran Abu Sayyaf encampment in Sulu, ASG member seized

Abu Sayyaff Group member yields to Marine troops in Sulu

Photo from Naval Forces Western Mindanao's Facebook page

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… Continue reading Abu Sayyaff Group member yields to Marine troops in Sulu

ASG member return to the fold of law in Tawi-Tawi

Western Mindanao Command (WesMinCom) Commander Lt. Gen. Corleto Vinluan, Jr. claimed on Thursday that a member of the Abu Sayyaf Group/kidnap-for-ransom group surrendered to the military in Tawi-Tawi. “Barri Lakibol, a.k.a. Barley Badeng/Otoh Itom/Robin, 44, married, and a resident of Barangay Silubog, Bongao, Tawi-Tawi, laid down his arms at the headquarters of the Marine Battalion… Continue reading ASG member return to the fold of law in Tawi-Tawi

The Battle of Marawi: From the eyes of the former Joint Task Force Marawi commander

Taken from the book, Marawi and Beyond. Published 2018 by the Operations Research Center, Philippine Army

No one wants to fight a war on their own shores. No one wants terrorists to gain a foothold in their own country. The Battle of Marawi was not expected. When we found out that Isnilon Hapilon was in a safehouse at Bgy Basak, Malutlot, Marawi City, on the 23rd of May 2017, soldiers raided… Continue reading The Battle of Marawi: From the eyes of the former Joint Task Force Marawi commander