THREE notorious members of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) have surrendered to the military authorities in the province of Basilan, officials announced on Sunday, February 4.

Brigadier General Juvymax Uy, Army’s 104th Infantry Brigade commander, identified them as Garama Sulayman, 21; Omar Jaljalis, 18; and, Marhaban Pael, 34.

Uy said they surrendered around 7 p.m., Saturday, February 3, and turned over two M-16 “Baby Armalite” rifles and a Carbine rifle with ammunition.

Uy said Mayor Gulam Hataman of Sumisip municipality has facilitated the surrender of the three bandits.

They were taken to the headquarters of the 104th Infantry Brigade for custodial debriefing, medical checkup, and proper disposition.

Uy said the surrenderees informed them they decided to surrender due to difficulties in life and maltreatment from their leaders.

“We gladly welcome our surrenderees and those other members who wish to lay down their arms and end the armed conflicts in BASULTA (Basilan, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi) areas. There can be no better solution but to work in harmony to end terrorism,” Lieutenant General Carlito Galvez Jr., Western Mindanao Command chief, said.

The surrender of the three have brought to 170 the total number of Abu Sayyaf bandits who surrendered to the government authorities since last year.

Of the total, 75 have surrendered in Basilan; 60 in Sulu; 33 in Tawi-Tawi; and, two in Zamboanga City. (SunStar PhilippineS)