Abu Sayaff Group (ASG) sub-leader Bobong Mastul a.k.a Bobong, together with nine of his followers, yielded to the 64th Infantry Battalion around 10am on June 08, 2018 at its headquarters in TARBIDC Compound, Barangay Tumahubong, Sumisip, Basilan Province.
Based on the initial interview, the group were forced to lay-down their arms to the 64th IB under Lieutenant Colonel Philip Fagel due to the intensified campaign against lawlessness by the Joint Task Force Basilan. It was also said that they finally decided to re-embrace Islam and ask forgiveness for all their wrong-doings upon hearing the encouragements from the Armed Forces and by President Rodrigo Duterte himself.
“This was a combined effort of our troops and the local government led by Sumisip Municipal Mayor Honorable Gulam “Boy” Hataman,” said Brigadier General Juvymax Uy, commander of the Joint Task Force Basilan.
Bobong yielded together with his members: Atotong Sarahadil a.k.a Atotong, Mudzrie Salahudin Jabbon a.k.a Mudzrie, Sapwan Kapitan Aliman a.k.a Sapwan, Nassir Jaid Tahil a.k.a Bola, Hair Tiglama Kawakibon a.k.a Abbang, Adeh Kawakibon a.k.a Abu Muadz, Rubin Ikih, Aminin Baliyong a.k.a Apik, and Suedin Muril a.k.a Kubing.
They brought with them three (3) M16 rifles, an M79 grenade launcher, an Ingram sub-machine pistol, a 5.56mm carbine, an M1 Garand rifle, various magazines and ammunitions for the said firearms, and assorted communication equipment.
The surrenderors underwent profiling, custodial debriefing, and proper documentation of the turned-over firearms. They were then integrated with the “Balik-loob” program of the government.
“We, the team WestMinCom, welcomes all those who wish to lay down their arms and return to the folds of the law,” said Lieutenant General Arnel B. Dela Vega, commander of the Western Mindanao Command.
Since the intensification of military offensives against the ASG in 2017, a total of one hundred seventy-six (176) former members from Basilan and Sulu provinces alone already yielded and returned to the mainstream for them to become productive members of the society and live a peaceful life with their respective families.