Amid the intensified operations launched by the Armed Forces, three Abu Sayyaf supporters yielded to the troops of the 18th Infantry Battalion in Basilan at 8am yesterday, July 10.
Hasid Aslimto Abdurasul, a.k.a Taba; Usaimin Talih Kabong, a.k.a Ninnik; and Gerry Langkat Laikan, a.k.a. Ger, handed over two M1 Garand rifles and a Thompson sub-machine gun.
Subject surrenderors and their firearms were then presented to JTF Basilan Commander, Brigadier General Fernando Reyeg, at the 18IB headquarters in Ungkaya Pukan.
Meanwhile, 25 loose firearms were also handed over by the local chief executives of Albarka and Ungkaya Pukan to 18IB Commanding Officer Lieutenant Colonel Ivan San Jose and were subsequently presented to BGen Reyeg on the same event.
“We are greatly happy with the unwavering support of the local chief executives in all our peace efforts,” said Lieutenant General Cirilito E. Sobejana, Commander of the Western Mindanao Command.
“In our desire to achieve sustainable peace, we continuously convince the remaining Abu Sayyaf militants and other lawless elements to lay down their arms and return to the fold of the law,” LtGen Sobejana added.