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11 Abu Sayyaf members surrender in Sulu


Nearly a dozen members of notorious terror Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) have surrendered to the government troops in Talipao, Sulu, the military said.

At least eleven bandits yielded to the troops of the Joint Task Force Sulu at 7:10 a.m. on Tuesday, a day after the deadly car bombing in Lamitan City, Basilan.

Lt. Col. Gerry Besana, spokesperson of the Western Mindanao Command (WestMincom), said the Abu Sayyaf members voluntarily surrendered to the troops of the 2nd Special Forces Battalion led by Lt. Col. Jessie Montoya.

According to Besana, the surrenderors were subsequently presented to Col. Francisco Ariel Felicidario III, commander of the 101st Brigade, around 9 a.m. Tuesday morning at the Headquarters, 2nd Special Forces Battalion in Barangay Samak, Talipao town.

Among those who surrendered were identified as Rodzhaimer Asiri Bagade a.k.a Totoh, Aldimar Amil Alih a.k.a Ding, Abraham Bantolan, Alben Samsorane Hajan a.k.a El, Micheal Using Amil a.k.a Mike, Winison Ayhal Saldi a.k.a Billy, Muhaimen Tikusan Mahadulla a.k.a Immen, Madjiri Ibnil Bagade a.k.a Gib, Kinni Salih Adjal a.k.a Kin, Me Abdulmasa Hajiri a.k.a Me, Radz Abdulmasa Hajiri a.k.a Radz.

A US M16 rifle, six US M1 Garand rifles, one M79 GL, one UZI, and two Caliber .45 pistols were also turned over by the surrenderors, said Besana.

Brigadier General Divino Rey Pabayo, JTF Sulu commander, said after the custodial debriefing at H2SFBn, the Abu Sayyaf surrenderors were immediately brought to Kuta Heneral Teodulfo Bautista Station Hospital for physical and medical examination.

The military's WestMinCom said for this year alone, a total of 146 Abu Sayyaf members have laid down their arms and returned to the folds of the law.

Among which, 76 surrendered in Sulu, 63 in Basilan, 5 in Tawi-Tawi, and 2 in Zamboanga.

“This is, by far, a breakthrough having so much ASG member surrenderors in just a short span of seven months. We continually encourage the remaining bandits to submit themselves as we will continue to put pressure until the last man standing will be taken down,” said WestMinCom commander Lieutenant General Arnel Dela Vega. Hader Glang

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