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Government to discuss ASG leader's plan to surrender


The House of Representatives and the Armed Forces of the Philippines are set to discuss Abu Sayyaf leader Radullan Sahiron’s plan to surrender to the government for reason of old age.

House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, who arrived here last Tuesday, was briefed by Western Mindanao Command Chief, Maj. Gen. Carlito Galvez on the intention of the one-armed bandit leader from Sulu to already yield to the AFP.

Alvarez said the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte welcomes the surrender of any group provided they face the cases filed against them in court.

According to Galvez, Sahirun is known to be the most senior Abu Sayyaf leader based in Sulu and is wanted by the US Department of Justice for a bounty of $1 million.

The Wesmincom chief said, the surrender plan of Sahiron was relayed by elderly Muslim leaders from Sulu following relentless military offensives.

But Sahirun has reportedly set conditions for his surrender, which includes remaining under Philippine authorities' custody.

"Sahiron wants to surrender provided he will not be turned-over to the US," Galvez said.

US interest on Sahiron is believed to have stemmed from his participation in the kidnapping of American national Jeffry Schilling in the late 1990s in Sulu.

The news of Sahiron's plan came after several Abu Sayyaf members from Basilan and Tawi-Tawi surrenderd to the government.

Galvez said the number of terrorists who surrendered to authorities already reached 50 since last year.

Last week, there were 11 Abu Sayyaf gunmen from Tawi-Tawi who surrendered, and another one also yielded last month in Sulu, an area where the Abu Sayyaf militants are concentrated. (Nonong Santiago)

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