Enlightened BIFF leader, members surrender in Maguindanao

Photo courtesy of Western Mindanao Command

A Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters’ leader and ten of his comrades surrendered to the military in Barangay Kuloy, Shariff Aguak, Maguindanao on Friday, August 13, 2021.

Lt. Gen. Corleto Vinluan, Jr., Commander of the Western Mindanao Command said the surrender of a BIFF figurehead identified as a.k.a. Molawin and 10 of his acolytes known as Rahib, Nasrullah, Salahuddin, Esmail, Rahim, Haron, Tapa, One Eye, Naser, and Kasim was facilitated by combined elements of the 33rd Infantry Battalion and intelligence operatives, according to Lt. Gen. Corleto Vinluan, Jr., Commander of the Western Mindanao Command

“A.k.a. Molawin and his followers belong to the BIFF Karialan Faction,” Lt. Gen. Vinluan, Jr. further stated.

The peaceful surrendering of the BIFF individuals was made possible, according to Col. Pedro Balisi, Jr., Commander of the 1st Mechanized Infantry Brigade, by the help of the barangay chairpersons of Kuloy and Tapikan, both in Shariff Aguak town.

Surrendered personalities handed over two cal. 30 Barret, one cal. 30 M1 Garand converted to M14 rifle, one cal. 30 M1 Garand, one cal. 5.56mm M16 rifle, one cal. 45 pistol, one cal. 45mm Thongram Submachine Gun, one 60mm Mortar, two improvised explosive devices, four rounds cartridge of 7.62mm ball, and two round cartridge of 60mm high explosives to the military.

According to said BIFF personalities, the military’s strength will inevitably dwindle, and their shrinking personnel will not be adequate to win a conflict. They decided to come out because they were afraid for their life.

Maj. Gen. Juvymax Uy, Commander of Joint Task Force Central said, “The influx of surrenders exemplifies that we are winning not only the people’s trust but that of the enemies as well”.

This year, JTF Central has reported a total of 87 surrenders. Last August 7, 13 members of the same group surrendered to the military in President Quirino’s hometown of Sultan Kudarat.

“The spate of surrenders in central Mindanao signifies a breakthrough in our peace efforts to end terrorism in the area. We are hopeful that soon enough we will be able to totally dismantle the BIFF and all other threat groups,” said Lt. Gen. Vinluan, Jr.

The surrendered individuals were transported to the 33IB headquarters in Barangay Zapakan, Rajah Buayan, for debriefing and suitable disposition.

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