CAMP SIONGCO, Awang, Datu Odin Sinsuat, Maguindanao – Twelve members of the outlawed Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) have surrendered to the security forces of JTFC and 6ID in Sultan Sa Barongis, Maguindanao yesterday (January 13, 2020).

The rebels surrendered to 33rd Infantry Battalion under Bungos faction, namely: Wazire Talib Kumpas, Carlo Talib Maon, Alamansa Makungay Talib, Pair Andongan Makapagal, Tomy Maslayboto Mato, Mama Daud Jainudin, Jomar Masla Boy, Muhamad Saylila, Urasay Badi, Ben Saptula, Usman Gandang and Agar Mangatug.

The surrenderers also handed over 3 homemade cal. 50 sniper rifle, one homemade M203 grenade launcher, one homemade M79, one homemade rocket propelled grenade, one homemade 5.56mm single shot rifle, one cal. 30 Mosin Nagant, 3 Garrand converted to M14 rifle, one cal .30 M1 Garrand rifle, 1 RPG ammunition and 3 improvised explosive devices.

Lt. Col. Elmer M. Boongaling, 33rd IB Commanding Officer, presented the surrenderers to 601st Infantry Brigade Commander Col. Jose H. Narciso and Sultan Sa Barongis Mayor Al-fizzar Allandatu M. Angas Sr.

One of the surrenderers said that he realized the futility of their cause and were encouraged by the unit’s purposive stakeholder’s engagement and observance of human rights and rule of law.

Moreover, they saw the sincerity of the unit in dealing with the former rebels citing the unit’s effort in its previous area of operations with the hopes to return to the mainstream of the community with the necessary assistance and livelihood from the government.

Major General Diosdado C Carreon, Joint Task Force Central and 6th Infantry Division Commander, is very thankful to the support and cooperation of the civil government in our journey of bringing long and lasting peace in Central Mindanao.

Said surrenderers and firearms were brought to 33rd IB Headquarters for custodial debriefing and proper disposition.