ANOTHER two Abu Sayyaf bandits have surrendered as the government sustained its focused military operation against the bandits in the province of Sulu, officials said Saturday, September 26, 2020.
Brigadier General Ignatius Patrimonio, commander of the 1102nd Infantry Brigade, identified the two Abu Sayyaf surrenderers as Abu Jepoy, 35, and Abu Omar, 26, who surrendered around 10 a.m. Friday to Lieutenant Colonel Rafael Caido, commander of the 6th Special Forces Battalion.
The bandits turned over an M-16 Armalite rifle and an M-79 Grenade Launcher following their surrender.
Abu Jepoy and Abu Omar revealed they were enticed by their former comrade, Amah Adin, to surrender and take advantage of the reintegration programs being offered by the Task Force to End Local Armed Conflict (TF-ELAC) of Talipao and Patikul towns.
Adin surrendered to the government to live a peaceful life on September 10.
Patrimonio said Abu Jepoy and Abu Omar have also decided to surrender brought about by the pressure of the continuous focused military operation against the groups of Abu Sayyaf leaders Mundi Sawadjaan and Radulan Sahiron.
They surrendered two days after eight Abu Sayyaf bandits surrendered to the Joint Task Force Sulu.
Patrimonio said the surrender of the 10 Abu Sayyaf bandits weakened the group, Sawadjaan. (SunStar Zamboanga)