An eighteen year-old Maute fighter surrendered to the troops of the 49th Infantry “Good Samaritan” Battalion under the Joint Task Force Ranao in Butig, Lanao del Sur yesterday (October 29).
A.k.a Asnor was age 14 when he was recruited together with 12 fellow minors by the late Maute-ISIS leader Abdullah Maute in the year 2014.
According to Lieutenant Colonel Edgar Allan Villanueva, the youngest recruit was aged 9 and they were involved in armed engagements with government forces last February and November, 2016 after which a.k.a Asnor decided to lie low.
Major General Roseller Murillo, Joint Task Force Zampelan commander, commended the efforts of the “Good Samaritan” troopers who facilitated the successful surrender of the young fighter.
“The declaration of a.k.a Asnor is quite alarming. Even though we are winning the battle against terrorism, let us continue to protect our children especially the juveniles from being conscripted by the enemies,” said LtGen Arnel B. Dela Vega.