Abu Sayyaf member surrenders in Sulu

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews / 27 Feb) – A member of the Abu Sayyaf Group based in Omar, Sulu surrendered Tuesday morning before the 1st Marine Battalion and the Philippine Marine Ready Force Sulu (PMRFS).

A concerned citizen of Omar coordinated with the PMRFS following the ASG member’s desire to surrender before the government and military authorities.

Acting on said report, Lt. Col. Stephen L. Cabanlet, PN(M) and his men – in coordination with the Philippine Marines Ready Forces 2, the Naval Intelligence Special Unit2, and the Marine Intelligence Detachment 2 – proceeded to Barangay Angilan of said town to check veracity of the report and the identity of reported surrenderee.

Under the command of PMRFS’ Col. Armel S. Tolato, PN(M)(MNSA), the Marines facilitated the surrender of Jupakkal J. Usman, 50, a resident of Barangay Lahing-lahing, Omar. Usman was identified as a follower of ASG sub-leader Alhabsy Misaya. He surrendered an M16A1 rifle with tampered serial number, two short magazines, and 32 live ammunitions.

Marine Operatives conducted initial debriefing to Misaya before transporting him to Kampo Heneral Teodulfo Bautista, where he underwent treatment against trauma at the hospital in Barangay Bus-bus, Jolo.

Lt. Ramel Vilocura, civil-military operations officer of the 1st Marine Battalion, received Misaya as he surrendered with the arms and ammunition.

Last week, the Marines under Cabanlet’s command conducted community services with more than a dozen non-government organizations participating in a joint outreach program. Visiting volunteers from Luzon, Visayas, and other parts of Mindanao went to three towns in Sulu over the weekend to render free community services. (Frencie Carreon / MindaNews)