The intensified military operations in Maguindanao led to the surrender of nine Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighter (BIFF) members on Saturday morning, October 24.
WestMinCom Commander Lt. Gen. Corleto Vinluan, Jr. said that a report from the ground revealed that the following personalities submitted themselves to the 57th Infantry Battalion Commander Lt. Col. Jonathan Pondanera: Rahib Baguindali Nawal, a.k.a. Rahib, a Field Commander; Abdulrahim Kinona Mariano, a.k.a. Junior, an IED Maker; Zed Baguindali Nawal, a.k.a.Jerome; Mamalinta Em Abdul, a.k.a. Alvin; Kasim Mujahid Abdul, a.k.a. Bots; Abdul Rafael Kanda, a.k.a.Pai; Jessie Abunawas Abdul, a.k.a. At; Surab Abdullah, a.k.a. Bhods; and Mentato Mesol, a.k.a. Palangan.
“The said personalities handed over high-powered firearms including one M4A1 Carbine Cal. 5.56mm, one Bushmaster Cal 5.56mm, one Heckler and Koch 416 Cal. 5.56mm, one Elisco M16 A1, one M14 rifle Cal. 7.56mm, two Homemade Cal. 50 Sniper rifles, and two Homemade RPGs with two ammunition,” Lt. Gen. Vinluan, Jr. added.
Lt. Gen. Vinluan, Jr. further said that the surrendered personalities participated in the series of armed engagements in Barangay Salman, Ampatuan, Maguindanao in March 2020. However, due to the continuous combat operations by the government forces, they were tired and nothing to eat.
Likewise, said group participated in different harassments and armed encounters in the area of Maguindanao and North Cotabato.
The nine were presented to JTF Central Commander Maj. Gen. Juvymax Uy and 1st Mechanized Infantry Brigade Commander Brig. Gen. Jesus Rico Atencio during the 33rd Founding Anniversary Celebration of the 6th Infantry Division at the unit’s headquarters in Camp Siongco, Awang, Datu Odin Sinsuat, Maguindanao on the same day.
“This success is attributed to the collaborative efforts of the military, local government units, the traditional leaders, and the peace-loving people of Maguindanao,” said Brig. Gen. Atencio.
Meanwhile, Maj. Gen. Uy vowed support to the surrendered personalities in their reintegration into mainstream society. — WestMinCom