ZAMBOANGA

3 Maute group remnants surrender

THREE more members of the Maute Terror Group remnants have surrendered, bringing to a total of five followers who surrendered this year to military authorities, officials said.

Major General Roseller Murillo, Army’s 1st Infantry Division commander, said the three surrendered to the 82nd Infantry Battalion around 12 noon Saturday in Piagapo, Lanao del Sur.

Murillo, who is also the Task Force Zampelan (Zamboanga Peninsula and Lanao Provinces) commander, said the three have turned over a rocket propelled grenade (RPG), one grenade launcher, and one caliber .30 M1 Garand rifle with ammunitions.

He did not identify the three Maute surrenderers except that they are followers of Owayda Benito Morohomsar alias Abu Dar.

Lieutenant Colonel Jason Jumawan, Army’s 82nd Infantry Battalion commander, said the three decided to surrender due to dissatisfaction and discontentment with the leadership and capabilities of the Maute group.

The first two, who are also followers of Abu Dar, surrendered on Friday to the Army’s 55th Infantry Battalion in Pagayawan, Lanao del Sur. (Bong Garcia/SunStar Philippines)


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