BIFF officer, 6 cohorts yield amid intensified operations in Maguindanao

Photo courtesy of Western Mindanao Command, AFP

Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters’ deputy field commander and six of his comrades surrendered to the troops in Maguindanao on Monday, July 26, 2021.

“Based on the report from the ground, the BIFF officer known as Commander Binladen and six others submitted themselves to the troops of the troops of the 1st Mechanized Infantry Brigade and handed over two M14 rifles, one M16 rifle, one Barret with tripod and magazine, one Garand rifle, one M79 Grenade Launcher, one rocket-propelled grenade, one 20 rounds cap magazine for M14, one 30 rounds cap magazine for M16, and one RPG ammunition,” said Lt. Gen. Corleto Vinluan, Commander of Western Mindanao Command.

They were subsequently presented to the Brigade Commander Col. Pedro Balisi, Jr., at the unit headquarters in Barangay Kamasi, Ampatuan, Maguindanao.

“The successful surrender of the seven BIFF personalities under Bungos Faction was made possible through the concerted efforts of the 2nd Mechanized Battalion and our intelligence units,” said Col. Balisi.

The surrendered individuals revealed during the initial debriefing that the military units’ targeted military operations in central Mindanao pushed them to lay down their arms and return to the folds of the law.

Maj. Gen. Juvymax Uy, the commander of Joint Task Force Central, stated that the military will continue to pursue and pound the remaining terrorists.

“Nevertheless, all the military units under my command are always ready to welcome those who wish to surrender and end their armed struggle peacefully,” said Maj. Gen. Uy.

134 BIFF persons have been neutralized since January 2021, with 69 who died, 63 who surrendered, and two who were arrested.

“I commend the troops of the Joint Task Force Central for their numerous accomplishments,” said Lt. Gen. Vinluan, Jr.

“All our successes are attributable to our stakeholders and the civilians who continue to support and cooperate with us as we endeavor towards achieving our common goal,” the commander added.

As of this writing, the surrendered individuals are still being debriefed in custody.

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