By Francis Wakefield
The military today said two more Abu Sayyaf terrorists surrendered and laid down their arms in Basilan over the weekend due to the sustained offensives in the ZamBaSulTa (Zamboanga, Basilan, Sulu and Tawi-tawi) areas.
Hasib Sarikin Mion and Hamdi Nor Bareo surrendered to troops of the 74th Infantry Battalion under Lt. Col. Jonas Templo in Barangay Macalang, Albarka, Basilan at 2 p.m. on Sunday.
“Mion is an Abu Sayyaf member under Furuji Indama and Bareo is listed under the AFP list as a member of the group of Nurhassan Jamiri,” said Brig. Gen. Juvymax Uy, commander of the Joint Task Force Basilan.
Mion and Bareo yielded their two US M1 Garand rifles to the troops.
The duo underwent custodial debriefing in Barangay Cabangalan, Ungkaya Pukan, Basilan, following their surrender.
From January 1, 2017 to February 4, 2018, a total of 172 Abu Sayyaf members surrendered to the Joint Task Forces in the ZamBaSulTa area. Of this record, 77 yielded to the troops in Basilan, 60 in Sulu, 33 in Tawi-Tawi, and two in Zamboanga City.
“We want to work for peace without the use of arms that is why we are encouraging the rest of the Abu Sayyaf members to surrender because our thrust for internal security in Mindanao is sincere,” said Lt. Gen. Carlito G. Galvez Jr., commander of the Western Mindanao Command.
“Our efforts to end terrorism will not only benefit the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the government but every Mindanaoan who yearns to have a peaceful life,” he added.