CAMP SANG-AN, Labangan Zamboanga del Sur – One Dawlah Islamiyah (DI) Lanao group supporter surrendered with firearm to the 49th Infantry Battalion in Brgy Cadayunan, Lumbayanague, Lanao del Sur, Monday 10:00 in the morning, April 8, 2019.
“During Butig encounter in 2016, the surrendered supporter provided food stuff and transportations for the DI-Lanao group”, said Lt. Col. Edgar Allan Villanueva, 49 Infantry Battalion commander.
According to Col. Romeo Brawner, 103rd Infantry Brigade Commander “DI-Lanao group suffered numerous casualties during their clashes with the government forces in the municipalities of Butig and Piagapo, Lanao del Sur in year 2016 and 2017 respectively prior to Marawi siege.”
The DI supporter also yielded one caliber .30 US carbine rifle, magazines and ammunitions.
Meanwhile in the municipality of Tamparan, one caliber 45, magazines and ammunitions were handed over by Mayor Sittie Amina Disumimba to the 49IB troopers.
Brigadier General Roberto Ancan, the 1st Infantry Division and Joint Task Force Zampelan (Zamboanga Peninsula and Lanao Provinces) commander, commended the efforts of the troops and the local government units of Tamparan and Lumbayanague for the convergence of efforts which led to the successful surrender of Dawlah Islamiya supporter and hand over of the loose firearms.
“Your 1st Infantry (TABAK) Division, in collaboration with the LGUs and other stakeholders, remains steadfast in its commitment to attain just and lasting peace in our area of operation thru our campaign against DI-Lanao group and loose firearms,” said Ancan.
“We will continuously work together with stakeholders in order to encourage more DI members, supporters and loose firearms to surrender,” he added.