7 ABUS SURRENDER IN SULU, TAWI-TAWI
SEVEN Abu Sayyaf members surrendered to government forces in Sulu and Tawi-Tawi on Sunday and Monday, bringing with them various firearms, the military said.
Their surrender raised the number of Abu Sayyaf members who yielded in Western Mindanao to 166, for this year alone, said Capt. JoAnn Petinglay, Armed ForcesWesternMindanao Command spokesperson.
Latest to yield are Udat Mohammad Salam, 24, and Mustafa Salihin Ahajabi, 19, who surrendered to the Army's 101st Brigade around 9 a.m. Monday. They handed over M16 and Garand rifles, Petinglay said.
On Sunday, Kadra Arajun Sawadjaan, Alnajar Arajun Sawadjaan, and Sherul Arad Sahiyul surrendered to the Marine Ready Force-Sulu.
They were picked up by soldiers in Brgy. Bunot, Indanan, after arrangements had been made to ensure their safety and security, Petinglay said.
The three handed over an M16 rifle, M79 grenade launcher, and a caliber-.45 pistol.
"During the debriefing, it was found that the three were recruited by late Abu Sayyaf sub-leader Alhabsy Misaya," Petinglay said.
All three were also previously seen in a recovered video showing Abu Sayyaf members marching in Indanan, taken sometime in August 2015, she added.
Also on Sunday, Abu Sayyaf members Jun Hassan and Titing Alihassan alias "Iyot Panday" surrendered to troops of Joint Task Force Tawi-Tawi around 3 p.m.
The duo brought along an M16 rifle, M1 Garand rifle, and an M16 magazine with 22 rounds of ammunition.
Alihassan is ranked number one in JTF Tawi-Tawi's list of wanted Abu Sayyaf members and is included in Department of National Defense's Arrest Order No. 3, said Brig. Gen. Custudio Parcon, the task force's commander.