Several high-powered firearms were turned over by seven Abu Sayyaf militants who laid down their arms in Sulu yesterday, March 31.
Abu Sayyaf members Araham Abdul, Delson Abdul, Jenyor Daihan Madjid, Wilson Tatting Asid, Jasim Uppih Umair, Nurhajir Amirol Patta, and Adsjar Hassan Sabdani yielded to Colonel Antonio Nafarrete, 1101st Brigade Commander.
Said returnees also turned over an M16 rifle, five Garand rifles, and a Caliber .45 pistol.
They are former followers of Abu Sayyaf sub-leaders Alhabsy Misaya, Sibih Pisih, and Apoh Mike.
The surrender was facilitated by 2nd Special Forces Battalion and was witnessed by Mayor Madzar Loong of Parang, Sulu at 11am yesterday.
Troops subsequently brought the returnees to Kuta Heneral Teodulfo Bautista Hospital in Bus-bus, Jolo for medical check-up.
On March 30, Misal Abdulwahid, a follower of Idang Susukan, also yielded to Colonel Nafarrete.
Lieutenant General Arnel Dela Vega, Western Mindanao Command chief, said the series of capitulations is an offshoot of the no let-up campaign being launched by military troops to quell terrorism in its area of responsibility.
“With our sustained offensives, we anticipate that more Abu Sayyaf militants will heed the clamor for them to give up, rebuild their hopes, and work for peace with every Suluanon,” he added.
“We will sustain pursuit operations against the Abu Sayyaf to ensure the safety of the people on the ground and that peace in their community will be achieved soon,” Lieutenant General Dela Vega added.