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AFP: Up to 70% of Abu Sayyaf problem will be solved once leader Radullan Sahiron surrenders

• The AFP believes that up to 70% of its problems with the Abu Sayyaf will be solved once Radullan Sahiron surrenders to government forces
• Sahiron reportedly sent surrender feelers
• The AFP is expecting that Sahiron’s followers will also surrender once the bandit leader turns himself in

An Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) official said “60 to 70 percent” of their problems with the terrorist group Abu Sayyaf will be solved once its top leader, Radullan Sahiron, surrenders.

As mentioned in the Manila Bulletin story dated April 22, 2017, Brig. Gen. Cirilito Sobejana, the commander of the AFP’s Joint Task Force Sulu, made the assessment as he reacted to news reports that Sahiron had sent surrender feelers.

Sahiron, who took over the leadership of the bandit group in 2006 following the death of its original leader Khadaffy Janjalani, is already in his 70s and is reportedly tired and weary of fighting.

“He is weak, he is tired and weary because they are moving from one place to another,” said Sobejana.

“He is very much respected by his followers. That’s why we expect them to also surrender. Most probably, 60 to 70 percent of the problem will be solved if he indeed surrenders. For a while there will be a leadership vacuum, there will be a power struggle among the sub-leaders on who will succeed as leader,” he added.