Amid the intensified military operations in Maguindanao, 5 Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters yielded to troops on March 26, 2020.
Saed Sadam Malsek, a.k.a. Datdat; Mahir Mumna Datumanong, a.k.a. Laula; Said Abdullahsid Zuarto, a.k.a. Said; Moktar Saed Pangalao, a.k.a. Brus; and Usman Abu Ali, a.k.a. Dyay, submitted themselves to the troops of the 90th Infantry Battalion bringing along their high-powered firearms with them.
Handed over by the surrenderors were one 5.56mm M16A1 rifle with attached 40mm M203 grenade launcher, one 5.56mm M16 rifle, one M79 grenade launcher, one caliber .50 sniper Barret, and one 7.62mm M14 rifle.
"The group was forced to surrender due to the extreme pressure from the focused military operations in the Joint Task Force Central area of operation in Maguindanao and its neighboring provinces," said Col. Jose Narciso, commander, 601st Infantry Brigade.
Said surrenderors and turned over firearms were subsequently presented to Col. Joel Mamon, Deputy Brigade Commander, 601st Infantry Brigade at the 90IB headquarters in Barangay Midtimbang, Datu Anggal Midtimbang, Maguindanao.
“The focused and intensified operations of the Joint Task Force Central targeting the terror groups in Maguindanao resulted in a pressure build-up which led to the surrender of the BIFF militants,” said JTFC Commander Maj. Gen. Diosdado Carreon.
The surrenderors are currently undergoing custodial debriefing while the turned over firearms were placed under the custody of the 90IB for proper documentation and safekeeping.
"My commendation goes to all the gallant soldiers of the Joint Task Force Central who courageously facing the threat of COVID-19 as well as that of terrorism in their area of operation, “said Lt. Gen. Cirilito Sobejana, commander of the Western Mindanao Command.
"We plead for continued prayers for the safety and protection of our soldiers and all the frontliners amid all the threats that we currently endure," Lt. Gen. Sobejana added.
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