CAMP SIONGCO, Maguindanao – Four members of the Bungos Faction of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) surrendered and decided to return to the folds of the government on December 19, 2019 at Northern Kabuntalan, Maguindanao.
The BIFF members surrendered to the 34th Infantry Battalion, 8ID and the 6MIB under the 602nd BDE and the 1401st RMFC, RMFB14 of the PNP at Brgy Indatuan of Northern Kabuntalan.
The 4 surrenderers Ibrahim Odin, Diya Musa, Daud Paglas and Yasser Abunawas also brought along with them one homemade cal .50 rifle, one M16 rifle, one homemade rocket propelled grenade launcher and one IED.
“The surrenderers held command positions and important designations in the group. However, they decided to surrender due to the hardships they are facing while in the group and in the belief and trust in the sincerity of the government in helping those who want to end their struggle against the government” said Lt. Col. Glenn Caballero, Commanding Officer of the 34IB.
“With the support of the Local Government of Northern Kabuntalan and the continuous coordination with the PNP against terrorism and violent extremism, the surrenderers have made the right decision in surrendering and living a life of peace. They like the other surrenderers were convinced to lay down their arms in support to the peace and security programs of the government. I encourage all the members of the BIFF to follow their comrades and surrender already and take this opportunity to live a peaceful life together with their loved ones who are longing for them to come back.” Maj. Gen. Carreon said.
The surrenderers are currently at the custody of 34 IB to ensure their safety and security.