Press ReleaseMore Abu Sayyaf Group Members, supporters yield in Sulu
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More Abu Sayyaf Group Members, supporters yield in Sulu

Kuta Heneral Teodulfo Bautista Jolo, Sulu – Ten more Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) members/supporters, including females, surrender as military forces in Sulu intensify efforts to end terrorism in the province.
“Yesterday morning, Marine Battalion Landing Team- 1 under the overall-in-charge Major John A Dela Cruz formally welcome the voluntary surrender of ten personalities associated with ASG at their headquarters at Barangay Seit Lake Poblacion, Panamao, Sulu. Four are full-time members, while the rest are supporters – close family members of ASG subleader Sansibar Bencio. This was all made possible through the help of our Local Chief Executives in Panamao led by Mayor Al-Frazier, S Abdurajak” said 4th Marine Brigade Commander Colonel Hernanie S Songano.

Major Dela Cruz identified the surrenderees as ASG member Makkin Salidin, Idjo Aburajan, Haris Jul, Raham Saddih all under subleader Sansibar Bencio. In total, they yielded three M16 rifles with magazines and ammunition, one M14 rifle, and a Cal. 45 pistol.

Both Sansibar Bencio’s mother, Maybat Saliddi, and his wife, Marissa Marajan, also came forward and surrendered an M1 Garand rifle as a sign of their sincerity. Meanwhile, the remaining supporters who surrendered are close relatives of ASG member Sikal Hussein.

Per Joint Task Force Sulu Commander, Major General William N Gonzales the members surrendered since the key ASG leaders at the second district has already been neutralized by the marines.”Hairulla Abduraja was killed in an encounter in 2019. Then, subleader Hatib Munap Binda and Bencio Barahama were also neutralized in November 2020.”

“Aside from leadership vacuum tremendously felt by the ASG at the second district, the fact that ASG main group is at its downfall is putting pressure on all remaining members and supporters. Driving them to have a change in perspective and return to a life of peace,” Major General Gonzales added.

The surrenderees have all been turned over and will be assisted by the local chiefs at the Barangay level. To note, Chief of Staff Armed Forces of the Philippine General Cirilito Sobejana exemplified that the excellent convergence of local government units/agencies and the military is the game-changer in this fight against terrorism during his visit at Joint Taskforce – Sulu Headquarters.

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