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8 Abu bandits surrender in Sulu

Roel Pareño - The Philippine Star

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines — Eight Abu Sayyaf bandits surrendered in Talipao, Sulu on Thursday.

Mayor Nebukadnezar Tulawie, chairman of the Municipal Task Force to end Local Armed Conflict (MTF-ELCAC), who helped convince the eight to lay down their arms, accompanied the former bandits as they surrendered to Joint Task Force Sulu  (JTFS) commander Maj. Gen. Ignatius Patrimonio.

Brig. Gen. Eugenio Boquio, 1101st Infantry Brigade commander, said the surrenderees turned over six M1 Garand rifles and an M16.

Patrimonio said five of the surrenderees were followers of sub-leader Idang Susukan while the rest were with the group of Radullan Sahiron.

“We respect and appreciate their decision to end their struggle peacefully. We will assist them in their reintegration and prepare them to become productive citizens of this province,” he said. “We will recommend their inclusion in the localized social integration program facilitated by the MTF-ELCAC of Talipao.”

Patrimonio said the military would be relentless in its operations to neutralize the remaining Abu Sayyaf bandits.

Lt. Gen. Alfredo Rosario Jr., Western Mindanao Command chief, said the military is expecting the surrender of more Abu Sayyaf bandits amid sustained military operations.

Up to 56 Abu Sayyaf bandits have surrendered in the province since January. Thirty-two firearms have been recovered. – Michael Punongbayan

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