Three Abu Sayyaf bandits surrendered to the military in Sulu Friday amid continuing state offensives against the terror group.
The three, identified as Ajimad Musnali, Nanah Amdad Tunggal and Hasiri Sabirin, turned themselves in and handed over three .30 caliber rifles, according to Brigadier General Cirilito Sobejana, commander of Joint Task Force Sulu.
The bandits would undergo custodial debriefing in Barangay Busbus, Jolo, Sulu.
Since January, at least 27 Abu Sayyaf bandits have surrendered to government forces in Sulu province alone.
1 ABU SAYYAF SUSPECT NABBED IN ZAMBOANGA
Meanwhile, a suspected Abu Sayyaf member was arrested in Zamboanga City Thursday afternoon.
Police identified the suspect as Hussin Iril, 45, who has a standing arrest warrant for a case of kidnapping with serious illegal detention.
Iril denied the allegations and said he was not a member of any terrorist group.
Rommel Francisco, village chief in Pasobolong where Iril has been living for decades now, said he personally knows the suspect and has no knowledge of him being part of the terror group.
Francisco said he would issue a certificate as proof that the barangay council has acknowledged and vouched for Iril's good moral character.
The Iril family has sought help from the Commission on Human Rights for his immediate release.