SURRENDERER. A member of the Sulu-based Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG), Al-Habi Jundam (3rd from left), surrenders and turns over a Garand rifle to troops of the Joint Task Force Tawi-Tawi on Friday (Nov. 20, 2020). Jundam said he surrendered because he feared for his life. (Photo courtesy of Joint Task Force Tawi-Tawi)
ZAMBOANGA CITY – Saying he feared for his life, a member of the Sulu-based Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) has surrendered to government authorities in Tawi-Tawi province, military officials said Saturday.
Lt. Gen. Corleto Vinluan Jr., commander of the Western Mindanao Command, identified the ASG surrenderer as Al-Habi Jundam, who turned over a US-made caliber .30 M1 Garand rifle to the Joint Task Force (JTF) Tawi-Tawi on Friday.
Based on the report submitted by Col Arturo Rojas, JTF Tawi-Tawi commander, Vinluan said Jundam acted as a guard for several victims kidnapped by the ASG between 2013 and 2015.
“He (Jundam) was also involved in the series of encounters against military troops in Sulu province,” he said.
Jundam was turned over to the provincial government of Tawi-Tawi and has undergone custodial debriefing conducted by the Forward Support Medical Team 21.
“During the debriefing, Jundam revealed that he was already tired of hiding, and he was afraid that he would eventually be the military’s target; thus his surrender,” Rojas said. (PNA)