ASG members yield to NFWM

ZAMBOANGA CITY — Three individuals believed to be members of the Abu Sayyaf Group operating in Basilan province surrendered to the Naval Forces Western Mindanao here and turned over their respective high-caliber firearms and ammunition as a gesture of their sincerity in returning to the folds of the law.

NFWM commander Rear Admiral Toribio Adaci Jr. disclosed that Navy SEALS and intelligence operatives — together with soldiers from Joint Task Force Basilan — facilitated the surrender of the Basilan-based ASG on Monday.

Adaci identified the three individuals as Gapul Salah alias Abu Dijana, Mhadz Sayyaf alias Abu Supian and Ajid Ulluy alias Jay.

The three also turned over their high-powered firearms — one unit improvised M14 rifle with scope and bipod; one unit Garand rifle; one unit M16 A1 rifle; and several magazines with live ammunition.

They are believed to be followers of the late ASG leader Isnilon Hapilon and were involved in several encounters against government troops in Basilan province.

Adaci said the three immediately underwent a medical check-up at Camp Navarro General Hospital and will be brought to Basilan province and turned over to JTF-B who shall work out their possible inclusion in the Program Against Violent Extremism for ASG in the province.

Military records showed that members of the ASG continued to surrender to avail of the government program intended for them and their families.

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