TWO supporters of the Islamic State for Iraq and Syria (Isis)-inspired Dawlah Islamiya have surrendered to military authorities in the province of Lanao del Sur, the military reported.
Captain Clint Antipala, Army’s 1st Infantry Division information officer, said the two supporters surrendered to the Army’s 55th Infantry Battalion around 1 p.m. Monday in the village of Matitikop, Tubaran, Lanao del Sur.
Antipala said the two, whose identities were withheld for security reasons, yielded two caliber .45 pistols.
Their surrender was facilitated by Mayor Khaledyassin Papandayan of Tubaran town, he added.
Lieutenant Colonel Ian Noel Ignes, Army’s 55th Infantry Battalion commander, said the two revealed that they have provided logistical support to the group of Owayda Marohombsar alias Abu Dar, before his death.
Abu Dar was killed in a clash with government forces on March 14, this year, in the village of Dinaigan, Tubaran, Lanao del Sur.
Abu Dar assumed the leadership of the Dawlah Islamiya following the deaths of the group’s founding leaders Omar and Abdullah Maute during the Marawi battle in 2017.
Brigadier General Romeo Brawner, Army’s 103rd Infantry Brigade commander, said the death of leaders of the Dawlah Islamiya and the surrender of the members have significantly contributed to the sustained peaceful environment in Lanao del Sur.
Brawner said they continuously collaborate with the local chief executives and other stakeholders in Lanao del Sur to encourage other supporters or even the locals with loose firearms to surrender and submit themselves to the folds of the law in order to stop the criminalities and attain a more peaceful community.
Major General Roberto Ancan, Army’s 1st Infantry Division commander, has commended the efforts of the troops and Tubaran municipal officials for the successful surrender of the two Dawlah Islamiya supporters. (Bong Garcia/SunStar Philippines)