Abu Sayyaf members surrender

The government on Sunday reiterated that it is “more than willing” to accept terrorist rebels who wish to “surrender, renew life and reintegrate” into the community.

This after the Naval Forces Western Mindanao, through Naval Task Force 61 units, NISG-WM, and Joint Task Force-Sulu, successfully facilitated the surrender of two members of the Sulu-based Abu Sayyaf Group last 20 January.

The NFWM said the surrenderers, whose identities were withheld for security reasons, also turned in a Garand rifle and a KG9 submachine pistol with magazines.

The authorities brought the former rebels to Camp Navarro General Hospital to undergo medical check-up before being turned over to the Joint Task Force- Sulu for proper documentation.

They also underwent custodial debriefing.

The former rebels may be included in the government’s Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program.

They will also benefit from the Program Against Violent Extremism for former ASG members in Sulu province.

In July last year, about 100 former Abu Sayyaf members who have surrendered vowed their allegiance to the government as they returned to their respective communities in Sulu.

Meanwhile, the Philippine Army previously reported a significant decline in terroristic attacks of ASG in Basilan province due to the intensive security and civil-military activities as well as the focused military operations.

The ASG is one of the declared terrorist organizations in the country known for kidnapping for ransom tourists in the island provinces, including Westerners. They were famous for beheading captives if their demands are not met.


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