TWO Abu Sayyaf bandits involved in the kidnapping of foreigners years ago have surrendered to the Philippine Marines troops in the province of Sulu, officials said Wednesday, June 2.
Rear Admiral Toribio Adaci Jr., commander of the Naval Forces Western Mindanao (NFWM), identified the Abu Sayyaf surrenderers as Julanne Parong Musa and Akmad Hamid Edol.
Adaci said the two surrendered Tuesday, June 1, to the Marine Battalion Landing Team-7 (MBLT-7) at the unit's headquarters in Karungdong, Kalingalan Caluang, Sulu.
Adaci said the surrender of the two jibed with the 33rd anniversary celebration of the MBLT-7.
"The celebration was highlighted by the presentation and turnover of two Abu Sayyaf surrenderers," Adaci added.
Musa was recruited by Julli Ikkit in 1999 by the group of Abu Sayyaf senior leaders Radullan Sahiron and Jairulla Asbang.
Reports further showed that Musa was among those involved in the 2000 kidnapping of 21 people, mostly Europeans, in Sipadan Island Diving Resort, Sabah; and the 2001 kidnapping at Dos Palmas Island Resort in Davao.
Edol, on the other hand, was recruited by the group of Abu Sayyaf mid-level leader Alhabsy Misaya and was among those involved in the kidnapping of an Indonesian national sometime in 2017.
Adaci said Musa and Edol turned over one M1 Garand Rifle with ammunition and one caliber .30 revolver pistol. (SunStar Zamboanga)