TWO Abu Sayyaf bandits have surrendered to the government forces brought about by pressure of the continuous military operations in Sulu, an official said.

Brigadier General Cirilito Sobejana, Jr., Joint Task Force Sulu commander, identified the Abu Sayyaf surrenderees as Husain Nasirin, 22, and Hasir Asara, who surrendered around 1:45 p.m. Thursday, April 27.

He said the two are followers of the late Abu Sayyaf sub-leader Hairulla Asbang, who died while undergoing medication at a hospital in Davao City.

Lawmen arrested Asbang in December 2016 at a private hospital in Zamboanga City where he was admitted for a gunshot wound he sustained in a clash with government troops in Sulu.

Sobejana said they turned over an M-16 Armalite and Garand rifles. Their surrender was facilitated by intelligence operatives.

The surrender of Nasirin and Asara has brought the number to 19 Abu Sayyaf bandits who surrendered to the government since January this year in Basilan, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi. (SunStar Philippines)