The Secretary of National Defense Delfin Lorenzana is hopeful that the surrender of Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) leader Nhurhassan Jamiri and his 13-man unit will lead to the collapse of the terrorist group’s faction in Basilan.
In a statement, Lorenzana said that the move was expected to restore peace and order in the province.
In 2007, Jamiri’s group ambushed marine troops in Al-barka, Basilan, yielding 24 casualties. It also gained notoriety for a series of kidnappings and bombings in several parts of Mindanao.
On Wednesday, March 21, Jamiri and his companions surrendered to the Joint Task Force Basilan. They also turned over 10 high-powered firearms, 40 assorted ammunition magazines, 651 pieces of live ammunition, an MK-52 fragmentation grenade, and eight bandoleers.
Western Mindanao Command chief Lt. Gen. Carlito G. Galvez stressed that this was the result of President Rodrigo Duterte’s “strategic guidance, [the AFP’s] relentless offensives on the ground and [the AFP’s] diplomatic approach.” Moreover, Galvez and the military force are positive that other ASG leaders will follow Jamiri’s lead.
At present, the surrenderees are undergoing “custodial briefing” while necessary legal procedures are being undertaken with the help of the Philippine National Police (PNP).