SULU--Seven Abu Sayyaf members on Monday surrendered to the military in Sitio Kanjawali, Barangay Tandu Bato, Luuk town in Sulu.
Brigadier General Cirilito Sobejana, commander of Joint Task Force Sulu said, five of the seven bandits were followers of slain Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) sub-leader Alhabsy Misaya.
Misaya was responsible for a series of kidnapping and piracy activities in the southern Philippines.
Sobejana identified the ABu Sayyaf members as Aminula Sakili, Saharijan Sakili, Hayden Sahidul, Sattar Sadjal and Orik Samsuraji. The remaining two bandits, Princibal Abdan and Annu Asaraji, were identified followers of ASG sub-leader Tomas Idjas.
The bandits turned over their firearms to Joint Task Force Sulu.
On Sunday, a known follower of ASG top leader Furuji Indama also turned himself in to the military in Ungkaya Pukan, Basilan.
Lt. Gen. Carlito Galvez, commander of Western Mindanao Command, identified the bandit as Hussin Asrap Wahid, 28-years-old and a resident of Sitio Bato Maputi, Brgy. Baguindan.
Last month, two notorious sub-leaders of Abu Sayyaf, Muamar Askali and Alhabsy Misaya were killed in separate operations in Bohol and Sulu.
Since January this year, the number of Abu Sayyaf members who surrendered to the government from Basilan, Sulu and Tawi-tawi has reached 49.
Galvez said the increasing number of Abu Sayyaf members who surrender only indicates that they are nearing the tipping point to eradicate the bandits in Mindanao. --With a report from RJ Rosalado, ABS-CBN News