Three Sayyaf fight­ers sur­ren­der

Manila Bulletin - - News - By FRAN­CIS T. WAKE­FIELD

The mil­i­tary an­nounced the sur­ren­der of three Abu Sayyaf ter­ror­ists with high-pow­ered firearms in Sulu on Fri­day.

Brig. Gen. Ciril­ito Sobe­jana, the com­man­der of the Armed Forces of the Philip­pines (AFP) Joint Task Force (JTF) Sulu, iden­ti­fied the ASG mem­bers who sur­ren­dered as Aji­mad Mus­nali, Nanah Am­dad Tung­gal, and Hasiri Sabirin. They shall un­dergo cus­to­dial de­brief­ing at Camp Kuta Hen­eral Teodolfo Bautista Bus­bus, Jolo, Sulu.

Sobe­jana said the three sur­ren­dered to the JTF Sulu at vicin­ity of Barangay Buliban­gao, Tongkil, Sulu, at 8:30 a.m. Fri­day.

The ASG mem­bers also turned over to govern­ment high-pow­ered firearms con­sist­ing of three Cal­iber.30 M1 Spring­field ri­fles.

Sobe­jana said the sur­ren­der was fa­cil­i­tated by the com­bined el­e­ments of 545 En­gi­neer­ing Construction Bat­tal­ion (ECB) and Philip­pine Coast Guard Western Min­danao District.

Sobe­jana, in his re­port, cited a num­ber of rea­sons the three sur­ren­dered, in­clud­ing among oth­ers, lead­er­ship vac­uum (they are un­der ASG sub­leader Al­habsy Misaya who was killed in a shootout against the troop­ers of JTF Sulu in Parang, Sulu); lack of lo­gis­tics/fi­nances; tired and weary due to sus­tained mil­i­tary op­er­a­tions; and dis­or­ga­nized.

Aside from th­ese, they also cited lost of com­mu­nity sup­port and that the be­head­ing of their kid­nap vic­tims is un-Is­lamic.

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