By Roel Pareño
ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines – The most senior Sulu-based Abu Sayyaf leader Radullan Sahiron is planning to surrender, a ranking military official said.
“Radullan Sahiron is contemplating to surrender because he is already old,” according to Lt. Gen. Carlito Galvez Jr., commander of Western Mindanao Command (Westmincom).
Galvez said elderly Muslim leaders have relayed to him the surrender plan of Sahiron.
Sahiron, a one-armed bandit leader, is the most senior Abu Sayyaf leader based in Sulu. He is wanted by the US government, which has offered a $1-million bounty, for the kidnapping and killing of American Jeffry Schilling in the late 1990’s in Sulu.
Galvez said Sahiron reportedly set some conditions for his surrender, including that he not be handed over to the US government.
“Sahiron wants to surrender provided he will not be turned over to the US or other countries,” he said.
Sahiron reportedly wanted the Philippine government to handle the cases against him.
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