ZAMBOANGA

Six more BIFF rebels surrender in Maguindanao

ZAMBOANGA. A photo handout of the Army’s 601st Infantry Brigade shows the high-powered firearms that were turned over when six Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters surrender Monday, April 13, in village of Mileb, Rajah Buayan, Maguindanao. (SunStar Zamboanga)

ANOTHER six members of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF), due to pressure by military offensive, have surrendered in the province of Maguindanao.

Colonel Joel Mamon, Army’s 601st Infantry Brigade officer-in-charge, said the six BIFFs surrendered Monday, April 13, to the troops of the 33rd Infantry Battalion Alpha Company in Mileb Village, Rajah Buayan, Maguindanao.

Mamon identified the BIFF surrenderers as the following: Naldo Babalay; Nashrudin Kanapia; Abil Kusain; Dok Adam; Alamansa Manampad; and, Antok Pendatun. They belong to the BIFF’s Bungos Faction.

They surrendered a week after seven of their compatriots in the Bungos faction have yielded to the Army’s 7th Infantry Battalion in the village of Midtimbang, Datu Angal Midtimbang, Maguindanao.

“Our mounting offensives at their strongholds as well as our increased community engagements to counter terrorism are gaining positive results,” Mamon said.

He said they turned over assorted high-powered firearms like two caliber .30 M1 Garand rifles, one improvised caliber .30 sniper rifle, one improvised caliber .50 sniper rifle, and two improvised M-79 grenade launchers.

Major General Diosdado Carreon, Joint Task Force Central commander attributed the surrender of the six BIFFs to the efforts of the soldiers, partners, stakeholders, and to the peace-loving people of Maguindanao.

The six BIFF surrenderers were brought to Army’s 33th Infantry Battalion headquarters for custodial debriefing.

“As I always say, convergence is the key to long-lasting peace and sustainable development in the island of Mindanao,” said Lieutenant General Cirilito Sobejana, commander of the Western Mindanao Command (Westmincom).

“We operate to win peace but best of all to win the hearts of our enemies and allow them to return to the loving arms of their families,” Sobejana said. (SunStar Zamboanga)


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