14 BIFF members yield in Maguindanao

Photo courtesy of Philippine Army

Fourteen extremists from the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF)’s Bungos faction surrendered to the 57th Infantry Battalion’s headquarters in Barangay Mirab, Upi, Maguindanao on December 3, 2021.

Government forces confiscated 12 high-powered guns and five explosives from the 14 surrenderers.

Since January of this year, Joint Task Force Central has enabled the surrender of approximately 300 BIFF and Daulah Islamiya members in collaboration with several local government entities in South and Central Mindanao.

The Maguindanao provincial government’s AGILA – HAVEN (Anak Na May Ginintuang Layunin Upang Hintuan Ang Violent Extremism Ngayon) program has already provided livelihood assistance to most former combatants, while new surrenderers are expected to receive a package to help them reintegrate into society.

Lt. Gen. Andres Centino, Army Commanding General (CGPA) and AFP Chief of Staff, praised the forces’ recent achievement while emphasizing the need of focusing the Army’s resources on defeating armed organizations that continue to threaten vulnerable areas.

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