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Another ASG member surrenders to military

Another Abu Sayyaf terrorist surrendered to the military in Sulu where authorities have sustained focus combat operations pressuring members of the bandit group.
Brig. Gen. Cirilito Sobejana, commander of the military’s Joint Task Force Sulu, said that Ronnie Jamaari, alias Apo Eting, gave himself up yesterday in Barangay Niangkaan in Omar town due to the constant pressure by forces of the JTF Sulu.
Jamaari was tagged as the keeper of arms cache composed of four M16 rifles and four M14 rifles that was previously recovered. He yielded an M1 Garand rifle and a clip loaded with seven bullets during his surrender.
The surrender was made possible through the effort of the Marine Battalion Landing Team-1 (MBLT-1) under Lt. Col. Stephen Cabanlet.
Jamaari, 50, a resident of Sitio Langrad, Barangay Tanduh Patong, Maimbung, Sulu, was formerly under the late ASG sub-leader Alhabsy Misaya.
Sobejana lauded the MBLT-1 for the accomplishment and urged other units to continuously pressure the remaining ASG members for them to just surrender and avail of the comprehensive reintegration program.
“We want to end this campaign peacefully and give our misled brothers a second chance that is why we are proposing for their reintegration,” Sobejana said.
“This is another manifestation that your military here in Sulu is really after of the welfare of every Tausug,” he said.
For his part, Lt. Gen. Carlito Galvez, Jr., commander of the Western Mindanao Command, urged the people of Sulu to continue supporting the government’s counter-terrorism efforts.
“We call on the Suluanons to support our thrust against terrorism and proliferation of loose firearms to pave the way for security and development not only in Sulu but in the whole Mindanao,” Galvez said.
“Peace can only be achieved with harmony and shared responsibility,” he added.
From January 1 to March 2, 2018, the Joint Task Forces recovered a total of 374 loose firearms, 192 of which were surrendered in Zamboanga, 52 in Sulu, 30 in ZamPeLan, and 100 in Central.

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