More ASG bandits, lawless elements interested in surrendering

MANILA-- Aside from Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) leader Radullan Sahiron, there are other lawless personalities in Sulu who have expressed willingness to surface and surrender to authorities.

This was bared Tuesday by Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) chief-of-staff Gen. Eduardo AAo who said that "feelers" were actually sent by the bandit leader.

"According to (Western Mindanao Command head) Lt. Gen. Carlito Galvez and Joint Task Force Sulu commander Brig. Gen. Cirilito Sobejana, there are some personalities in Sulu who are reaching out and saying that Sahiron is wanting to surrender because of health reasons but as of now, there are still no talks (on the actual surrender of the ASG chief), only 'feelers'," he added in Filipino.

Aside from the ASG chief, AAo believes there are still a lot of lawless elements and ASG members in Sulu interested in giving themselves to authorities, adding that this opportunity only needs to reach the right people.

"We believe there are also many others who may just want (to surrender), (we only need to reach the right people), As you know, there are lot of ASG surrendering in Tawi-Tawi, Sulu and Basilan. They are seeing now that their fight against the government is useless, the long arm of the law eventually catch up with you," he added.

The AFP chief also disclosed that now is the proper time for ASG members, tiring of the fight, to surrender as the military will not stop its campaign against them until they are all eradicated.

Source: Philippines News Agency

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