CAMP SIONGCO, Maguindanao – As the Joint Task Force Central continues to entice the local terrorist groups to embrace peace, another 5 Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighter (BIFF) rebels have decided to abandon their comrades in a simple rite this morning (July 17) at 1st Mechanized Infantry Brigade Headquarters, in Brgy Kamasi, Ampatuan, Maguindanao.
The surrenderors who are members of the BIFF under Karialan Faction, finally laid down their firearms and decided to join the government for they believed that the terroristic act of violence doesn’t do good among its people.
They brought with them one M16A1 rifle, one M653 rifle, one M1 carbine rifle, one caliber .50 Barret sniper rifle, and one anti-personnel mine made of 105 high explosive unexplosive ordnance.
“The 5 BIFF rebels were notorious fighters and participated in several armed clashes with the government troops, to include the recent encounters at Barangay Salman of this town (Datu Abdullah Sangki Municipality) last March 2020,” 1st Mechanized Infantry Brigade Commander Col. Jesus D. Rico Atencio said.
The rebels’ surrender was the result of the joint efforts of 1st Mechanized Brigade, 1st Mechanized Infantry Battalion, and local government units in the area.
Maj. Gen. Diosdado C. Carreon, the Commander of Joint Task Force Central and the 6th Infantry Division, commended the peacemaking initiatives of the Brigade that brought another batch of surrenderers in their area of jurisdiction.
“The series of surrender of the BIFF members is a result of our ongoing campaign to end terrorism in Mindanao, through a peaceful means” the Commander added.