CAMP SIONGCO, Awang, Datu Odin Sinsuat, Maguindanao – Nine members of the outlawed Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) have surrendered to the security forces in General Salipada K. Pendatun, Maguindanao today (October 26).
The rebels surrendered to 33 rd Infantry Battalion led by Commander Banog, a prominent BIFF field commander in the area of GKSP. Commander Banog arranged a meeting to 33 rd IB Commander Lt. Col. Harold M. Cabunoc last Saturday (October 20) to formalize their surrender and lay down their arms to the government.
Commander Banog said in their meeting that his family members were instrumental in convincing him to finally surface in the name of peace. The latest surrender was made possible through the unity of effort among 33rd IB, 2nd Mechanized Infantry Battalion, Criminal Investigation and Detection Group of Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (CIDG-ARMM), and 4 th Special Action Battalion.
The former rebels handed over nine high-powered firearms including two Cal. 50 Sniper Rifles, three Rocket Propelled Grenade Launchers, one Cal 5.56mm M653 Assault Rifle, one Cal 7.62mm M14 Rifle, and two 40mm M79 Grenade Launchers. It can be recalled that the same military and police units also netted four high-powered firearms and arrested four BIFF suspects in a raid against Commander Banog’s group in Lumabao village on October 17 (Wednesday).