From the Manila Bulletin (May 11): Three Abu Sayyaf members surrender to PMRF-Sulu
An Abu Sayyaf sub-leader and two other terrorists surrendered to members of the Philippine Marine Corps Ready Force-Sulu in Maimbubg Sulu on Thursday.
A report coming from the Philippine Marine Corps headquarters in Fort Bonifacio identified those who surrendered as Abu Sayyaf Sub-leader Berham Lutian alias Vietnam, Abdusalam Ajul alias Rambo and Ahmajir Ahmad alias Abu Darda, who was under the command of the late ASG Sub Leader Commander Robot.
The operating elements of PMRF-Sulu headed by Col. Arnel S. Tolato in coordination with the Sulu Philippine National Police (PNP) facilitated the surrender of the trio who were fetched at Brgy Ipil, Maimbung, Sulu and were brought to Headquarters Marine Battalion Landing Team 3.
The surrenderees also brought with them their respective rifles composed of two M16, and M79 Grenade launcher with magazines and ammunition.
The trio was brought to Camp Bautista Station Hospital for a medical checkup and subsequent turn-over to Commander, Joint Task Force Sulu.
They were also given sacks of rice and assorted groceries courtesy of Mayor Peping Halun of Kalingalan Caluang, Sulu. They will also be included in the Comprehensive Livelihood Integration Program (CLIP) of the Joint Task Force Sulu and the Provincial Government of Sulu.
Tolato said the Marines deployed in Sulu will continue to work hand in hand with the local government unit of Sulu in order to turn this province into safe place which could entice tourists and investors.
“4s what the Commander of Joint Task Force Sulu envisions, and as what every Tausog wants, this province will be transformed from terrorism to tourism. Security will never be a problem as long as every member of the community including the LGU and other sectors work together for its realization,” Tolato said.