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JTF Central’s Intensified Operations Compel 7 More Terror Group Members to Yield in Sultan Kudarat

Camp Navarro, Calarian, Zamboanga City – December 27, 2021

Seven terror group members abandoned their armed struggle due to the intensified military operations and peace mechanisms employed by the government forces in Sultan Kudarat. Of the seven, four were members of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters-Karialan Faction (BIFF-KF), two from the Communist Terrorist Group’s Guerilla Front-73 (GF-73), and one from the Daulah Islamiyah-Hassan Group (DI-HG).

“Based on the report, surrendered personalities voluntarily submitted themselves to Lt. Col. Edwin Alburo, Commanding Officer of the 40th Infantry Battalion at the unit’s headquarters in Barangay Tual, President Quirino, Sultan Kudarat on Sunday, December 26,” Lt. Gen. Alfredo Rosario, Jr., Commander of Western Mindanao Command said.

The seven handed over two rocket-propelled grenades, one Barrette, one Ingram (9mm), one round RPG Heat cartridge, three improvised hand grenade, two detonating assemblies, one M16 rifle with plastic magazine and 20 rounds cartridge 5.56mm Ball, one commercial handheld radio, one M79 rifle, one round 40mm High Explosives, and one cal. 20 pistol.

According to Lt. Col. Alburo, the successful surrenders of the seven terror group members are the results of the collaborative efforts of the 40IB and Datu Paglas, Paglat, and Sultan Sa Barongis Municipal Police Stations. “We intensify our military operations as well as our peace efforts to eliminate the terror groups in our area of responsibility,” Lt. Col. Alburo said.

Maj. Gen. Juvymax Uy, Commander of Joint Task Force Central commended the 40IB troopers and the police for this accomplishment. “We strengthen our collaboration with our partners and stakeholders to prevent the menaces of society to create havoc in the peaceful communities,” Maj. Gen. Uy added.

The surrendered personalities are currently undergoing custodial debriefing at the 40IB headquarters. They will subsequently be enrolled in the reintegration program of the government to ensure that they will not be lured back to the culture of violence.

“Our troops continue to gain ground in our campaign against terrorism, hence, we are encouraging the remaining terror group members to come out and join us in working for a peaceful and progressive Mindanao. It is better to work for peace without single bloodshed,” Lt. Gen. Rosario, Jr. stated.

From January 2021 to date, JTF Central successfully convinced 162 BIFF, 37 DI, and 154 CTG personalities to lay down their arms and return to mainstream society.

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