Another member of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters-Karialan Faction surrendered to the elements of the Joint Task Force Central on Wednesday, September 8.
“The former BIFF member identified as a.k.a. Badrul submitted himself to the troops of the 2nd Mechanized Infantry Battalion in Barangay Bagan, Datu Anggal Midtimbang, Maguindanao,” said Maj. Gen. Generoso Ponio, Acting Commander of Western Mindanao Command.
“He also handed over his M16 rifle,” he added.
According to a.k.a. Badrul, he opted to terminate his armed fight in order to return home, live a peaceful life with his family, and contribute to the country as a productive citizen. He also promised to work with the government to make Maguindanao a more peaceful zone.
With the recent increase of BIFF members’ capitulation, Maj. Gen. Juvymax Uy, Commander of Joint Task Force Central, voiced optimism in achieving peace in Maguindanao.
“The help and assistance of the provincial and municipal local government units of Maguindanao are very significant in making the entire province of Maguindanao peaceful and a safer place to live in,” Maj. Gen. Uy further stated.
The commander also stated that the province of Maguindanao’s AGILA-HAVEN program is critical in bringing former BIFF and Daulah Islamiyah soldiers back into the folds of the law.
“We welcome the continuous surrender of BIFF members as indicative of the sustained efforts of the military to compel the combatants to yield to the troops in our area of operation,” said Maj. Gen. Ponio.
In central Mindanao, 105 BIFF members have surrendered since January 2021. The government gave financial assistance to help former violent extremists reintegrate into normal life.