AT least six Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) members were killed and their leader reportedly wounded in an encounter with government troops over the weekend in a remote jungle in Sulu province, a military official said on Monday.
Troops of the Second Marine Battalion Landing Team engaged about 50 ASG members led by their leader, Yasser Ygasan, on Saturday night in Barangay Mabahay, Talipao, Sulu.
The commander of the Second Marine Brigade, Col. Jose Johnriel Cenabre said their troops recovered the bodies of the six slain ASG members and added that six civilian volunteers were also wounded in the encounter.
Cenabre said the encounter was a joint operation by their unit with the civilian volunteers and the local government personnel of Talipao town.
Meanwhile, two ranking members of the New People’s Army with a P4-million price on their heads were arrested by government security forces over the weekend in a remote village in Palawan.
The suspects were identified as Gilbert Silangan alias “Ka Glenn” and Alma Moreno (not the actress) alias “Carol.”
The Palawan Provincial Police office said the two were arrested by police operatives at around 1 p.m. on Saturday at Barangay Inogbog in Bataraza town.
The couple has warrants of arrests for murders, frustrated murders and attempted murders, the reports said.
The reports said the two were on the wanted list of the Defense department and the Interior department and respectively have P2.95-million and P1.3-million rewards for their capture. The couple are in the custody of the Palawan Provincial Police Office.