TWO Abu Sayyaf bandits surrendered to military authorities in Imelda, Zamboanga Sibugay, military officials said Thursday, November 14.
Lieutenant Colonel Don Templonuevo, Army’s 44th Infantry Battalion, identified them as Jolo Usman and the other as a certain Abu Jul, both residents of the municipality of Talipao, Sulu.
Templonuevo said the two, who are followers of Sibih Pisih, turned over two Garand rifles when they surrendered to his command around 8:30 a.m. Thursday in Imelda, Zamboanga Sibugay.
He said the two had been staying in Zamboanga Sibugay since 2016 as they lay low and left the province of Sulu.
Colonel Leonel Nicolas, Army’s 102nd Infantry Brigade commander, welcomed the surrender of Usman and Jul and looks forward that other ASG bandits will also return to the folds of the law.
“We continuously encourage terrorist groups and their supporters to surrender and submit themselves to the folds of the law and become productive Filipino citizens,” Nicolas said. (SunStar Zamboanga)