ASG member return to the fold of the law in Tawi-Tawi

A member of the Abu Sayyaf Group/kidnap-for-ransom group surrendered to the military in Tawi-Tawi, the WestMinCom Commander said on Thursday.

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“Barri Lakibol, a.k.a. Barley Badeng/Otoh Itom/Robin, 44, married, and a resident of Barangay Silubog, Bongao, Tawi-Tawi, laid down his arms at the headquarters of the Marine Battalion Landing Team 12 in Barangay Nalil, the same municipality on the afternoon of December 23, 2020,” said Lt. Gen. Corleto Vinluan, Jr., Commander of the Western Mindanao Command.

“Based on our records, Lakibol was involved in the kidnapping of 21 hostages including European nationals and other foreigners at Sipadan Island in April 2000. He was also involved in the abduction of a certain Father Almeda,” the commander added.

The subject personality handed over his M14 U.S. rifle with one magazine and two live ammunition to MBLT-12 Commanding Officer Lt. Col. Henry Espinosa.

“He identified himself as an ASG/KFRG member who was recruited by Sulu-based senior leader Galib Andang, a.k.a. Commander Robot sometime in January 2000,” Lt. Col. Espinosa added.

During the debriefing, Lakibol revealed that he left the group in 2006 due to the intensified offensives launched by the military which resulted in the neutralization of prominent ASG personalities in Sulu.

“The surrendered personality will be turned over to the local government unit of Bongao for his enrolment to the reintegration programs of the government,” said Col. Arturo Rojas, Commander of the Joint Task Force Tawi-Tawi.

“We are looking forward to more enemy surrenders and we encourage them to do so as it is best that they peacefully return to the mainstream society rather than engage in gunfights” Col. Rojas added. WESTERN MINDANAO COMMAND