ZAMBOANGA

10 Basilan-based Abu Sayyaf bandits surrender

TEN followers of the Basilan-based Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) surrendered, as government offensive against them continues, military officials said Tuesday, October 29.

The surrenderers were identified as Masbil Hoben, Haidal Tadling, Tong Sarunan, Said Kapon, Atung Ajallun, Samatin Matindo, Mulhakim Alabin, Asanuddin Dailon, Andoy Pingli and Sanny Arasain.

Lieutenant Colonel Ivan San Jose, Army's 18th Infantry Battalion commander, said the bandits, who are followers of Furuji Indama, surrendered Monday, October 28, to his command in the municipality of Ungkaya Pukan, Basilan province.

San Jose said the bandits revealed that they are tired of fighting against the government and they decided to surrender to have a better future.

"We welcome all those who want to end the conflict in a peaceful way," San Jose said, citing more ASG members are expected to surrender.

The surrenderers and the firearms they turned over were presented to Brigadier General Fernando Reyeg, Joint Task Force Basilan commander.

Lieutenant General Cirilito Sobejana, Western Mindanao Command chief, said psycho-social interventions will be provided to the surrenderers to enable them to start a new and meaningful life. (SunStar Zamboanga)


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