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2 notorious Abu Sayyaf rebels surrender in Basilan

BASILAN PROVINCE – At least two members of the notorious Abu Sayyaf bandit group, operating in Basilan province and nearby areas surrendered to the government, a navy official reported yesterday.

Rear Adm. Toribio Adaci Jr., Naval Forces Western Mindanao (NFWM) commander said the suspects were known only by their aliases as Mubin and Daky, for their safety and security.

According to the report, their surrender was done in Ungkaya Pukan municipality on September 8, facilitated by the Naval Task Force 61, the local government, as well as the 18th Infantry Battalion.  

Admiral Adaci, Jr said the two surrenderees also yielded a Garand and an M16A1 rifle during the simple turn over ceremony.

Based on initial investigation, the surrenderees were involved in the abduction that happened in Sipadan in 2000, the Lamitan Siege, and the Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay attack in 1995. They were also involved in many other atrocities and illegal activities, it was learned.

“The ASG members finally gave themselves up after years of fleeing Focused Military Operations (FMO) in western Mindanao. They are exhausted and they miss their families. Thus, they chose to give up and live a normal life,” Adaci stressed.

The Naval official also said both Mubin and Daky were under the custody of Al-Barka Town Mayor Darussalam Lajid, and Unkaya Pukan Vice Mayor Jomar Maturan, for proper disposition.

The said politicians, will help process the integration and enrollment of the surrenderees to the rehabilitation program of the National Government.

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