CAMP SIONGCO – members of the Bangasamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF), including a Commander, have yielded to the government on Monday (April 6) at Barangay Midtimbang, Dati Anggal Midtimbang, Maguindanao.
The surrender was the result of the continuing community engagement combined with intelligence-driven operation of 7th Infantry Battalion.
They came from Sultan Sa Barongis, Maguindano and identified themselves as Commander Naot Palaguyan, a.k.a. Abu Hamdan; Akbal Abpi; Jimmy Angkanan; Nguda Sangkinga; Tato Tio Darampua; Aries Abdul; and Danga Pindaliday. One (1) homemade caliber 50 rifle, one (1) homemade Garand rifle, one (1) homemade Thompson, one (1) homemade Uzi, and two (2) homemade shotguns were also handed over by the group as a gesture of sincerity.
Lt. Col. Romel S. Valencia, Commanding Officer of 7th IB, presented the former rebels to former mayor Nathaniel Midtimbang at 7th IB Headquarters. The local government unit of Datu Anggal Midtimbang has provided cash assistance to help them rebuild their lives.
Joint Task Force Central Commander Maj. Gen. Diosdado C. Carreon congratulated the leadership of 7IB and thanked the stakeholders for their support. He said that “to those who would like to follow the lead of their former comrades will be welcomed by the JTFC with open arms and a commitment to help rebuild their families”. “To those who are still blinded by their violent ideology which is contrary to peace, the full force of JTFC will continue to haunt them for the purpose of advancing peace and progress in Central Mindanao”, Maj. Gen. Carreon added.
In the previous month, six (6) rebels have surrendered to 7th IB, five (5) to 90th IB, and 29 to 33rd IB. The additional seven (7) surrenders bring the total number of 47 former rebels who laid down their arms to JTFC in a span of one month.
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