From the Sun Star-Zamboanga (Apr 11, 2020): Abu Sayyaf bandit surrenders in Sulu
AN ABU Sayyaf bandit, pressured by continuous military offensive, has recently surrendered to government authorities in the province of Sulu, officials said Saturday, April 11.
Lieutenant Colonel Alaric Avelina Delos Santos, Army’s 41st Infantry Battalion commander, identified the Abu Sayyaf surrenderer as Hadji Mali Sulayman, a resident of Bato-Bato village, Maimbung, Sulu.
Delos Santos said Sulayman has surrendered to his command Monday and has turned over a Garand rifle.
Delos Santos presented Sulayman to Colonel Ignatius Patrimonio, Army’s 1102nd Infantry Brigade commander, at the command’s headquarters Camp Bud Datu in the village of Tagbak, Indanan, Sulu.
Sulayman revealed that he decided to surrender due to the hardship brought by military’s relentless operations.
Sulayman also disclosed that the government’s humanitarian efforts weakened their support from the civilians that restrained their movements as well as constricted their ability of gathering foodstuffs, information and other logistical supplies.
Meanwhile, Patrimonio welcomed Sulayman back to the mainstream society and calls for other Abu Sayyaf bandits “to submit themselves under the care of the government.”
“I encouraged other members of the ASG (Abu Sayyaf Group) to abandon your terroristic acts and return to the folds of law for you to enjoy and live a peaceful life with your families,” Patrimonio said.