𝐈𝐒𝐀𝐁𝐄𝐋𝐀 𝐂𝐈𝐓𝐘, 𝐁𝐚𝐬𝐢𝐥𝐚𝐧 – Two (2) members of the Abu Sayyaf Group rebels surrendered to the 4th Special Forces Battalion here in Barangay Cabunbata yesterday, 01 July 2020, in a separate occasion while the troops were engaging the community with different peace efforts, through the assistance of the Local Government Unit of Lantawan.
The two surrenderees were identified as Salim H. Malat, a.k.a. Ibrahim, 28 years old, and Baser A. Junaha, a.k.a. Katih, 33 years old, both from Lantawan Municipality, Basilan Province. Two (2) M16A1 rifle with magazines and ammunitions were also surrendered by the aforementioned ASG members.
According to the operatives of the 16th Special Forces Company, the ASG surrenderees were lying low in their respective barangays for quite some time as they no longer want to be part of the rebel group while waiting for an opportunity to surrender.
Lieutenant Colonel Alex Ampati, the Battalion Commander of 4SFBN, states that the surrender of rebels only proves that many ASG members are disgruntled and deluded by their terrorist leaders.
“Nagpapatunay lamang ito na maraming myembro ng ASG ang nalinlang lamang ng kanilang mga terroristang leader, at ngayon ay gusto na nila magbagong-buhay.”, said Lieut.-Colonel Ampati.
As of date, more than 260 ASG sub-leaders and members already surrendered to the Joint Task Forces Basilan and are currently enrolled in the Program Against Violent Extremism (PAVE) for Peace.