A field commander of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters-Karialan Faction and five of his comrades on Wednesday, November 24, surrendered to the military near Sultan Kudarat. The six surrendered to the 40th Infantry Battalion headquarters in Barangay Tual, President Quirino, the same province.
The six handed over their firearms, which included one 5.56mm M16 A1 rifle, one 5.56mm Ultimax 100 light machine gun, one 7.62mm M14 rifle, two 7.62mm Barret rifles, one 40mm grenade launcher, and one heat rocket-propelled grenade, according to Maj. Gen. Alfredo Rosario, Jr., Commander of the Western Mindanao Command.
“This feat is a result of the joint efforts of our troops, Datu Paglas Municipal Police Station, and the local government of Datu Paglas. We hope that his remaining followers will be enlightened by the surrender of their field commander,” said Maj. Gen. Juvymax Uy, Commander of Joint Task Force Central.
For their safety, the identities of the surrendered personalities were not publicized. They are currently being debriefed in custody at the 40IB headquarters.
“The influx of surrenders weakened the terror group hence more of its members opt to abandon their armed struggle and return to the folds of the law,” said Maj. Gen. Rosario, Jr.
“Our security campaign in Central Mindanao is gaining significant headway with already 237 neutralized BIFF personalities for this year alone,” he added.
“My congratulations to the soldiers of the units under the command and control of WestMinCom for continuously reaping successes. The command will step up its effort towards the end state of defeating all threat groups especially those that are connected with identified terror groups,” the WestMinCom chief further said.
The Joint Task Force Central continuously intensifies its security operations against the BIFF and other terrorist groups in Central Mindanao.