Twenty members of Sumisip-based ASG/ATG under sub-leader Katatong Balaman alias Tatong from Basilan Province surrendered to the 104th Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, Philippine Army under Colonel Thomas C. Donato, Jr., Brigade Commander, and the Local Government Unit of Sumisip, Basilan headed by Mayor Gulam Boy Hattaman, in coordination with the 64th Infantry Battalion, on September 22, 2016 at the Municipal Hall of Sumisip, Basilan.
Eight high-powered firearms and two locally-made shotguns were surrendered by the group.
Alias Tatong and his group are responsible for several ambuscades and skirmishes against the government troops, particularly in Barangays Sukaten and Baiwas of Sumisip.
“This is the result of the relentless operation we are conducting where they suffered lots of casualties. These Abu Sayyafs now fear for their lives, leading to the surrender,” said Colonel Donato.
August this year, the Philippine Army overran the Abu Sayyaf strongholds in Baguindan, Tipo-Tipo.
“We are very open for surrenderees. We want to end this war in peace and pave the way for development in Basilan,” he added.
The LGU believed that there are still other members of the Abu Sayyaf who are willing to surrender and return to the folds of law.
“It’s time to end this terrorist problem in our country. We want to make Basilan a peaceful place to live so that development will prosper. We are closely working with the AFP to decimate all these terrorist groups,” said Mayor Hattaman.