MANILA - Amid clashes in Inabanga, Bohol, 11 Abu Sayyaf bandits in Tawi-Wawi surrendered Tuesday, the military said.
The Western Mindanao Command said two Abu Sayyaf sub-leaders, identified as Berong Sariol and Ben Saudi Dambong Sariol, and 9 more members of the group surrendered to the military in Barangay Sanga-Sanga, Bongao, Tawi-Tawi on April 11.
The 9 other arrested Abu Sayyaf members were Jasim Dambong alias Dams; Mujil Dambong; Magelan Langal; Kael Sariol; Nurhamin Sariol; Alhan Sariol; Amnisain Sariol; Akmad Sariol; and Benasil Sariol, all residents of Sitio Gigipan, Barangay Baldatal, Sapa-Sapa, Tawi-Tawi.
The Abu Sayyaf sub-leaders and nine members underwent a medical check-up and interview upon their surrender last night, Westmincom said in a statement.
The military said, from January 1 to April 12, 2017, 16 Abu Sayyaf bandits have already surrendered to the Joint Task Forces of the Western Mindanao Command.
“Our troops on the ground will continue to work with the local governments and the Mindanaoans in suppressing the Abu Sayyaf and in thwarting the conduct of atrocities within our joint area of operations, and this has become fruitful with the surrender of 16 Abu Sayyaf members in a short span of time," said Lieutenant General Carlito G. Galvez, Jr., Commander of the Westmincom.
"We sincerely welcome these Abu Sayyaf members, who have returned to the fold of the law, and encourage the other bandits to join the government and the peace-loving Filipinos in sustaining the peace in Mindanao without the use of arms."
According to the military, the two Sariols were arrested in May 2009 at the Omar Lumber Yard in Elmo St., Bongao, Tawi Tawi. However, they were released in Zamboanga City due to the absence of a warrant of arrest.
The sub-leaders’ group was tagged in the beheading of Father Reynaldo Roda in Tabawan, South Ubian, Tawi-Tawi, and abduction of several other individuals.
The group is also wanted in Sabah for various piracy and kidnapping offenses.