Isnilon Hapilon's cousin, 2 Abu Sayyaf members surrender

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  • The Abu Sayyaf members' surrender comes a day after President Rodrigo Duterte declared the liberation of Marawi City.

Zamboanga City (CNN Philippines, October 18) — A cousin of Abu Sayyaf leader Isnilon Hapilon and two other members surrendered to authorities at a military camp in Basilan Tuesday.

The three surrendered to 74th Infantry Battalion Commander Lt. Col. Jonas Templo at the 74th Infantry Batallion Headquarters, two days after Hapilon and Maute group leader Omar Maute were killed in Marawi City.

The military claimed Hapilon teamed up with the ISIS-inspired rebel group when they attempted to siege the city last May 23.

Joint Task Force Basilan Commander Col. Juvymax Uy identified Hapilon's cousin as Ben Salim Sapilin, alias Ben Bilog.

Sapilin surrendered with two other Abu Sayyaf members identified as Rami Ben Sapilin aka Attik and Mohammad Endeng aka Aburayhan.

Uy called for an end to terrorist activities in the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) in order to achieve peace in the region.

"Inaanyayahan namin ang natitirang miyembro ng Abu Sayyaf na magbalik-loob na sa ating pamahalaan at tumungo sa daan ng kapayapaan," Uy said in a message to reporters Wednesday.

[Translation: I am calling for the remaining members of Abu Sayyaf to pledge allegiance to the government once again and choose the path towards peace.]

Among the high-powered weapons military seized from them were an M-16 rifle, an M79 Grenade Launcher and an M1 Garand.

The Abu Sayyaf members' surrender come a day after President Rodrigo Duterte declared the liberation of Marawi City.

READ: Duterte declares liberation of Marawi

CNN Philippines' David Santos contributed to this report.