According to a prominent military official in Carmen, North Cotabato, a bombmaker from the terror group Dawlah Islamiya (DI) has surrendered to authorities on Sunday.
Maj. Gen. Juvymax Uy, head of the Army’s 6th Infantry Division, said the DI member voluntarily surrendered his rifle to Lt. Col. Rommel Mundala, commander of the 90th Infantry Battalion, and Col. Jovencio Gonzales, commander of the 602nd Infantry Brigade.
“He was a high-value target. A bomb-making expert,” Uy said to protect his family from any harassment from his former colleagues, the surrenderer was not identified.
On Monday afternoon, the DI member was formally delivered to Gonzales at the 602nd brigade headquarters in Camp Lucero, Carmen, North Cotabato.
“This surrender was a joint effort of the military and police forces in coordination with the local government unit of Carmen,” Gonzales said in a statement.
The surrenderer will be put into the DIWATA HAVEN (Dapat Iwaksi at Wakasan ang Terorismo at Armadong Pakikibaka – Hadlangan ang Violent Extremism) program run by the local authorities.
The surrenderer is entitled for government livelihood packages and help as part of the program, allowing him to live a sustainable and tranquil life with his family.