CAMP AGUINALDO, Quezon City – A member of the terrorist Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) surrendered to the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) in Tawi-Tawi on Wednesday, November 11.
The ASG member voluntarily surrendered at Barangay Sanga-Sanga, Bongao town through the joint intelligence efforts of the 2nd Marine Brigade and 4th Marine Brigade. He was identified as Al-Habi Jundam also known as Victor Jundam under the group of Sulu-based ASG sub-leader Hairullah Asbang.
He also yielded an M1 Garand rifle and four rounds of live ammunitions to the troops. The member of the kidnap-for-ransom group was involved in the series of encounters against military troops in Sulu. He was also involved in the kidnapping of businessman John Hablo in October 2013; certain Jin Hua Chen and Yahong Chen in May 2014; and Italian priest Rolando del Torchio in October 2015.
The 2nd Marine Brigade is now conducting custodial debriefing and proper disposition of the former ASG member.
AFP Chief of Staff, General Gilbert Gapay on Thursday lauded the members of the 2nd and 4th Marine Brigades for their significant accomplishments in pressuring ASG members to surrender to the government fold.
“The AFP leadership acknowledges our soldiers’ dedication and perseverance in defeating the Abu Sayyaf Group and its affiliate organizations. We also attribute our successes to the strong support of the national and local governments as well as the active cooperation among concerned agencies,” the AFP Chief said.
“With the help of all stakeholders, we will sustain our momentum against the terrorist groups to allow the continuous and unhampered peace and development in Mindanao,” he added.
The military previously reported that a total of 99 ASG members and supporters have surrendered since January 1 to November 4. During the period, 65 bandits were killed and 11 were apprehended during focused military operations. Meanwhile, 122 high-powered and low-powered firearms were either seized or surrendered during the period.
Last October 26, Colonel Arturo Rojas, the Brigade Commander of 2nd Marine Brigade presented a total of 90 assorted loose firearms to Lieutenant General Corleto Vinluan Jr., Commander of Western Mindanao Command (WESMINCOM) at the Marine Barracks Domingo Deluna in Bongao, Tawi-Tawi.
The WESMINCOM chief commended the Marines for the successful implementation of the campaign against the proliferation of loose firearms in the province while carrying out efforts to address the COVID-19 pandemic. He also acknowledged the efforts of the local government’s support to the military in maintaining peace and order in the province.///