Camp Navarro, Calarian, Zamboanga City – November 24, 2021
A field commander of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters-Karialan Faction and five of his cohorts yielded to the military in Sultan Kudarat on Wednesday morning, November 24. The six turned themselves in at the headquarters of the 40th Infantry Battalion in Barangay Tual, President Quirino, same province.
According to Maj. Gen. Alfredo Rosario, Jr., Commander of the Western Mindanao Command, the six-handed over their firearms including one 5.56mm M16 A1 rifle, one 5.56mm Ultimax 100 light machine gun, one 7.62mm M14 rifle, two 7.62mm Barret rifles, one 40mm grenade launcher, and one heat rocket-propelled grenade.
Maj. Gen. Juvymax Uy, Commander of Joint Task Force Central said, “This feat is a result of the joint efforts of our troops, Datu Paglas Municipal Police Station, and the local government of Datu Paglas. We hope that his remaining followers will be enlightened by the surrender of their field commander”.
The identities of the surrendered personalities were not disclosed for their safety. They are currently undergoing custodial debriefing at the 40IB headquarters.
“The influx of surrenders weakened the terror group hence more of its members opt to abandon their armed struggle and return to the folds of the law,” said Maj. Gen. Rosario, Jr. “Our security campaign in Central Mindanao is gaining significant headway with already 237 neutralized BIFF personalities for this year alone.”
“My congratulations to the soldiers of the units under the command and control of WestMinCom for continuously reaping successes. The command will step up its effort towards the end state of defeating all threat groups especially those that are connected with identified terror groups,” the WestMinCom chief added.
The Joint Task Force Central continuously intensifies its security operations against the BIFF and other terrorist groups in Central Mindanao.