Two Dawlah Islamiya/Maute Group members and two of their supporters yielded to the troops of the 49th Infantry Battalion in Masiu, Lanao del Sur yesterday, November 11, 2019.
Camar Gampong Musa, a.k.a Camar and Nasroding Comayog Patiilan, a.k.a Sangcopan; and their supporters Badroding Gampong Patiilan and Pacalinog Patiilan Comayog, all of Barangay Cormatan of same municipality, handed over 1 Caliber 5.56mm M16A1-Elisco Rifle, 1 Colt 45 pistol, 70 rounds of Caliber 5.56 ammunitions, 5 rounds Caliber .45mm ammunitions, 1 long steel magazine, 3 short steel magazine, 1 long plastic magazine, 3 short plastic magazine, and 1 bandolier.
The successful surrender of said personalities was facilitated by the Alpha Company, 49IB in coordination with the local government unit of Masiu.
“This accomplishment is attributed to the intelligence units who never falter in fulfilling their duties and responsibilities,” said Brig. Gen. Bagnus Gaerlan, Acting Commander of the Joint Task Force ZamPeLan.
Said surrenderors were presented to the Association of Barangay Captains President, Sarip Rangiris Acob, after which they were brought to the 49IB headquarters for custodial debriefing.
“We are delighted by their decision to return to the mainstream of society instead of engaging in armed confrontations,” said Lt. Gen. Cirilito Sobejana, commander of the Western Mindanao Command.
“We attributed our success to the local officials of Masiu for their untiring support on our campaign against terrorism that resulted to the surrender of terrorist members, whom to come out for it is but more fulfilling to end terrorism without a single bloodshed,” added Lt. Gen. Sobejana.
Turned over firearms are temporarily placed under the custody of 49IB for safekeeping.
Source: PIO Western Mindanao Command