- Twenty one members od the Abu Sayyaf Group in Basilan surrendered to authorities
- The military said the surrender was a result of the relentless operation the military is conducting against the terror group
- The 21 bandits were under Abu Sayyaf sub-leader Katatong Balaman
Twenty one members of the dreaded Abu Sayyaf Group based in Basilan surrendered to authorities on Thursday, September 22.
As mentioned in GMA News Online, the Abu Sayyaf members yielded to the military and local authorities in Sumisip, Basilan. The bandits also surrendered three M16 Armalite rifles, a caliber .30 M1 Garand rifle, one M79 grenade launcher, and a cal.45 pistol.
Col. Thomas Cirilo Donato, commander of the Army’s 104th Infantry Brigade, said the surrender was facilitated by Sumisip Mayor Boy Hataman and other local leaders after the Abu Sayyaf sent surrender feelers.
Those who surrendered were identified as Muril Baliyong, Iklaman Kanyu, Wilril Muril, Dawasa Dimasan, Jammer Balaman, Kamar Asnaton, Katatong Balaman, Kapitoy Nasalon, Apeng Balaman, Nhas Mustakin, Amarin Bantili, Alamin Baliyong, Musid Muril, Attong Sangkalahas, Bokoy Baliyong, Jhony Astana, Rit Iklaman, Mahotong Iklaman, Kaim Iklaman, Ittasirin Bantili, Rayan Turul.
They were all under Abu Sayyaf sub-leader Katatong Balaman alias Tatong.
Col. Donato said “the surrender is the result of the relentless operation we are conducting where they suffered lots of casualties. These Abu Sayyafs now fear for their lives, leading to the surrender.”
“We are very open for surrenderers. We want to end this war in peace and pave the way for development in Basilan,” Donato added.
The surrenderers, according to Donato, will be endorsed to Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao Governor Mujiv Hataman for their rehabilitation and reintegration into society’s mainstream.