The Daily Manila Shimbun


2 Abu Sayyaf members surrender

April 27, 2017

ZAMBOANGA CITY - Two members of the Abu Sayyaf have surrendered on Thursday, said Brigadier General Cirilito Sobejana Jr., commander of the Joint Task Force Sulu. Sobejana identified the Abu Sayyaf as Husain Nasirin, 22, and Hasir Asara, 24 of barangays Buhanginan and Danag, respectively, in the town of Patikul. Sobejana said Nasirin and Asara surrendered to the 501 st headquarters in Sulu around 1:45 p.m. He said the two are followers of the late Abu Sayyaf sub-leader Hairulla Asbang, who died while undergoing medication at a hospital in Davao City. Lawmen arrested Asbang on December 26, 2016 at a private hospital here where he was admitted for a gunshot wound he sustained in a clash with government troops in Sulu. Sobejana said they turned over an M-16 Armalite rifle and a Garand rifle “as a gesture of sincere commitment that they wanted to fully return to the fold of the law.” The surrender of Nasirin and Asara has brought the number to 19 Abu Sayyaf who yielded to the government since this January in the provinces of Basilan, Sulu and Tawi- Tawi. DMS