BASILAN (DWDD) – The joint special intelligence operation of the Joint Task Force Basilan intelligence personnel and intelligence operatives of the 74th Infantry “ ”Battalion and in coordination with Honorable Jim Hataman Saliman, the Provincial Director of Basilan Province, compelled another member of the Abu Sayyaf Group to lay down his arms as efforts are being exhausted by the troops to contain local terrorists in the province.
Omaidi Sabirin Salain a.k.a Maidi/Jhay yielded to the troops of the 74th Infantry Battalion at 6:05pm on Saturday (June 30, 2018) in Barangay Sinulatan, Tuburan, Basilan Province and turned-over an M16A1 rifle and one (1) short magazine with ammunitions.
“We hope that more Abu Sayyafs will decide to lay down their arms and choose to live a peaceful life. Rest assured they will be provided with livelihood programs to support their basic necessities,” said Lieutenant General Arnel Dela Vega, commander of the Western Mindanao Command.
Salain was formerly listed number 6 of other identified personalities in the Periodic Status Report (PSR) of Basilan-based ASG/UTG.
Said surrenderor and his surrendered high-powered firearm were brought to the Headquarters of the 74th IB for custodial debriefing and proper disposition.
“Salain said during the initial debriefing that he decided to surrender because of the realization that this is not the life that he wanted,” said Brigadier General Juvymax Uy, the Commander of the Joint Task Force Basilan. WESMINCOM / MCAG