Due to the increased military operations and peace processes used by government troops in Sultan Kudarat, seven terror group members have abandoned their violent fight.
Four members of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters-Karialan Faction (BIFF-KF), two members of the Communist Terrorist Group’s Guerilla Front-73 (GF-73), and one member of the Daulah Islamiyah-Hassan Group (DI-HG) were among the seven.
“Based on the report, surrendered personalities voluntarily submitted themselves to Lt. Col. Edwin Alburo, Commanding Officer of the 40th Infantry Battalion at the unit’s headquarters in Barangay Tual, President Quirino, Sultan Kudarat on Sunday, December 26,” Lt. Gen. Alfredo Rosario, Jr., Commander of Western Mindanao Command said.
Two rocket-propelled grenades, one barrette, one Ingram (9mm), one round RPG heat cartridge, three improvised hand grenades, two detonating assemblies, one M16 rifle with plastic magazine and 20 rounds 5.56mm ball cartridge, one commercial handheld radio, one M79 rifle, one round 40mm high explosives, and one cal. 20 pistol were all handed over by the seven.
The successful surrenders of the seven terror group members, according to Lt. Col. Alburo, were the result of the 40IB’s collaboration with the Datu Paglas, Paglat, and Sultan Sa Barongis Municipal Police Stations.
“We intensify our military operations as well as our peace efforts to eliminate the terror groups in our area of responsibility,” Lt. Col. Alburo said.
The commander of Joint Task Force Central, Maj. Gen. Juvymax Uy, praised the 40IB troopers and the police for their efforts.
“We strengthen our collaboration with our partners and stakeholders to prevent the menaces of society to create havoc in the peaceful communities,” Maj. Gen. Uy added.
The surrendered individuals are currently being debriefed in custody at the 40IB headquarters. They will then be enrolled in the government’s reintegration program to guarantee that they do not return to the culture of violence.
“Our troops continue to gain ground in our campaign against terrorism, hence, we are encouraging the remaining terror group members to come out and join us in working for a peaceful and progressive Mindanao. It is better to work for peace without single bloodshed,” Lt. Gen. Rosario, Jr. stated.
JTF Central has successfully persuaded 162 BIFF, 37 DI, and 154 CTG personalities to lay down their arms and return to mainstream society since January 2021.