Over 200 Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) members who surrendered to the government have received aid from a non-government organization in Isabela City, Basilan, military said.
Balay Mindanaw, a peace and development foundation primarily engaged in promoting equity-based development and sustainable peace, initiated the project that aims to prevent and transform violent extremism in Basilan.
Western Mindanao Command (Westmincom) said Balay Mindanaw launched the project Monday, June 24, at 4th Special Forces Battalion, Cabunbata, Isabela City where food packs were distributed to the 214 ASG surrenderors.
Among those who attended the event were Australian Ambassador Steven Robinson, Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Carlito Galvez Jr, Bangsamoro government interim chief minister Al Haj Murad Ebrahim, Basilan Rep. Mujiv Hataman, Basilan Governor Hadjiman Hataman Salliman, and Westmincom deputy commander for operations Brig. Gen. Generoso Pinio.