AFP WestMinCom confident of Abu Sayyaf collapse

admin   •   April 2, 2018   •   4114


In a statement, Western Mindanao Command (WestMinCom) commander Lt. Gen. Carlito Galvez Jr. said that the unified command is confident that the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) will soon collapse based on the continuous surrender of its members.

The Armed Forces of the Philippines Western Mindanao Command appreciates the continuous surrender of Abu Sayyaf terrorists.

Among the latest surrenderers is Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) sub-leader, Nhurhassan Jamiri; the group’s overall commander in Basilan. He also served as the operations officer and chief of the urban terrorist group in Basilan.

Along with 13 of his comrades, Jamiri turned over a number of high-powered firearms to the military.

Jamiri surrendered two days after President Rodrigo Duterte visited Sulu to urge members of the ASG to surrender. He also vowed to provide housing and livelihood aid to surrendering bandits.

Speaking before 76 ASG surrenderers in the province, the president reiterated that he has no grudges against the terrorist group.

He also expressed willingness to talk to the Abu Sayyaf.

“I’m not dreaming. Only those who would want to surrender. Those who would want to fight, wala naman tayong magawa. Sabihin mo, ‘Huwag’, kung gusto niya wala ka ring magawa,” Duterte said during his speech in Sulu.

(I’m not dreaming. Only those who would want to surrender. Those who would want to fight, we can’t do anything about them. Even if you tell them “Stop”, there’s nothing you can do if they don’t want to.)

Western Mindanao Command (WestMinCom) is confident that the bandit group’s leadership will soon collapse based on the continuous surrender of its members.

“We are indeed seeing the eventual collapse of the group, as what our Secretary of National Defense Delfin Lorenzana had said in his earlier statement,” WestMinCom Commander Lt. Gen. Carlito Galvez, Jr. said.

Galvez added that Jamiri’s surrender proves that President Duterte’s strategic guidance and the diplomatic approach of the armed forces are key factors in winning the campaign against Abu Sayyaf extremists.

Based on records of the military from January to the present, 60 ASG members have surrendered; 13 have been arrested, including ASG sub-leader Walton Juljirin who was caught last Saturday; and 11 have been killed.

Two years into the Duterte presidency, the military has already neutralized three Abu Sayyaf leaders. They include: Abu Rami who was killed in Bohol; Alhabsy Misaya in Sulul; and ISIS emir in Southeast Asia, Isnilon Hapilon who was slain in Marawi. — Dante Amento | UNTV News & Rescue

PH troops kill notorious Abu Sayyaf leader in Tawi-Tawi

Aileen Cerrudo   •   March 22, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — A notorious Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) leader was killed during an encounter with the military and police troops in Tawi-Tawi on Saturday (March 20).

Commander of the JTF Tawi-Tawi Brig. Gen. Arturo Rojas said the military immediately took action following a report regarding the presence of suspicious fully-armed men in Barangay Kalupag Island.

“We executed prompt military action following the receipt of information. We are anticipating reports from the communities that is why we made sure that our assets are at high readiness,” he said.

Apo Mike was already wounded when government forces captured him. He eventually died due to blood loss. Local authorities managed to rescue ASG’s last captive in Tawi-Tawi , a  15-year-old Indonesian national .AAC


Alleged ASG sub-leader killed in Zamboanga

Aileen Cerrudo   •   February 2, 2021

ZAMBOANGA, Philippines—An alleged sub-leader of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) was killed during an encounter with the Philippine National Police (PNP) in Zamboanga City on Tuesday (February 2).

Arrasid Adjing Halissam reportedly served as an assistant of Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) international leader Isnilon Hapilon.

Based on initial reports, PNP authorities went to the suspect’s house to issue a warrant of arrest for illegal possession of firearms and explosives. However, it escalated to an encounter which resulted in the death of Halissam.

The PNP also reported that Halissam had direct communication with ASG sub-leader Mundi Sawadjaan regarding a terrorist attack plan in the Zambasulta area. He also served as a recruiter and finance conduit of Dawlah Islamiya Terrorist Group.

Halissam was also involved in several bombing incidents an kidnapping in Mindanao. AAC (with reports from Val Villaflor)

Alleged member of ASG-linked crime group killed in an encounter in Zamboanga

Aileen Cerrudo   •   December 18, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — An alleged member of a crime group linked to the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASF) has been killed in an encounter with the military in Zamboanga Sibugay.

The suspect, identified as Ibrahim Anduhol alias Tongtong, is reportedly linked with the Barahama Ali crime syndicate that is allegedly engaged in kidnapping, robbery, and other criminal activities.

A law enforcement operation was conducted by police authorities around 2:30 a.m. on Thursday (December 17) which led to an encounter. Anduhol opened fire, leading to the police to retaliate. Police recovered two caliber .45 pistols with ammunition.

Andhol had a standing warrant of arrest for murder, and was involved in the killing of a soldier and kidnappings of a businesswoman in Imelda, Zamboanga Sibugay in 2015, and a businessman in Kabasalan in 2018. AAC (with reports from Val Villarflor)


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