Al-amin Jul-ambri, a member of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG), receives financial assistance and a sack of rice from the Army’s 1st Brigade Combat Team (1BCT) after surrendering on Wednesday (Dec. 18, 2019) to the 1BCT troops in Patikul, Sulu. (Photo courtesy of Joint Task Force Sulu)

An Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) member voluntarily surrendered and returned a high-powered rifle to military authorities in Sulu on Friday. 

Brig. Gen. Leopoldo Imbang Jr., commander of the Army’s 1st Brigade Combat Team (1BCT) said Al-amin Jul-ambri alias Albura who belonged to the Abu Sayyaf’s Ajang-Ajang faction surrendered at around 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday to Task Force 92 (TF92) of the 1BCT in Barangay Buhanginan, Patikul, Sulu.

Jul-almbri, who was also a follower of Abu Sayyaf sub-leader Alkam Uljamal Hadjail, handed over a US-made caliber .30 M1 Garand rifle and several rounds of ammunition.  

He is now placed under the custody of TF92 for custodial debriefing.  According to Imbang, the rebel returnee received financial assistance and a sack of rice from the military.

“All military and non-military actions are intensified by our ground forces to dissuade and convince more militants to lay down their arms and abandon their cause to put an end to terrorism in the province,” Maj. Gen. Corleto Vinluan Jr., Joint Task Force Sulu commander said.

“Constant efforts by your armed forces will be exerted to win the hearts of rebels, that they may heed our call and reconsider crossing the line for good,” Lt. Gen. Cirilito Sobejana, Western Mindanao Command (Westmincom) chief said.

“We want lasting peace and development in Mindanao, so genuine reconciliation should be made,” Sobejana further stated.  (RJ Espartinez)