Top Abu Sayyaf bandit, two others surrender in Basilan – military

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 21)— Three members— including a top leader— of the Abu Sayyaf Group surrendered to authorities in Basilan province on Saturday, the military said.

Khadaffy Kalitut, together with Aliman Langkasan and Jiyad Arabin, surrendered to troops of the 18th Infantry Battalion in Route Perez, Ungkaya Pukan in Basilan, the Armed Forces of the Philippines Western Mindanao Command (Westmincom) said in a statement.

The surrenderees also yielded several high powered firearms to the government, including an M16 rifle, one Garand rifle, and an M1 carbine.

"With all the programs and projects we implemented to assist our brothers and sisters who decided to return to the mainstream of society, we expect for more surrenderors in the coming days, " Westmincom Lt. Gen. Cirilito Sobejana said.