CAMP SIONGCO, Maguindanao – Eight members of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) surrendered to 57th Infantry Battalion were presented in a ceremony today (July 27) to Joint Task Force Central and 6th Infantrty ( Kampilan ) Division Commander Maj. Gen. Diosdado C. Carreon.
These BIFF members under the Karialan faction came from Datu Saudi Ampatuan, Maguindanao. They Brought along with them the following high powered firearms: 3 M16 rifles, 1 M14 rifle, 1 Carbine rifle, 2 caliber 30 Garand rifle, 2 rocket propelled grenades launchers, 1 caliber 7.62 Mauser rifle, and 1 M79 grenade launcher.
During the ceremony Commanding Officer of 57th IB, Lt. Col. Jonathan L. Pondanera, said that the rebels have denounced their membership with the BIFF because they already wanted to have peaceful lives with their families.
Datu Saudi Ampatuan (DSA) Mayor Edris A. Sindatok expressed his gratitude to the 6th Infantry Division for being an instrument of peace in the municipality. “Sa Kaguluhan walang Panalo, sa Kapayapaan lahat Panalo” the Mayor added.
JTFC and 6th ID Commander Maj. Gen Diosdado C. Carreon on his message during the ceremony, said that he was happy for the group in their decision to go back to the mainstream society “I would like to congratulate Mayor Sindatok for his effort to work hand-in-hand with the military that led to the surrender of these BIFF members,” added Maj. Gen. Carreon.
The group received an initial cash aid of P200,000 from the local government of DSA thru Mayor Sindatok.
~Press release and photos courtesy of 6th Infantry “Kampilan” Division, Philippine Army