CAMP SIONGCO, Maguindanao – The Municipality of Sultan Sa Barongis and Radjah Buayan in the Province of Maguindanao declared the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) and Dawlah Islamiya-Terror Group (DITG) as Persona Non Grata.
The declaration in Sultan Sa Barongis was approved in a Municipal Peace and Order Council (MPOC) resolution last November 25, 2019. On a similar note, Radjah Buayan town also crafted a similar declaration in resolution approved by the Sangguniang Bayan during the regular session meeting last January 27, 2020. The two municipalities openly condemed the atrocities and all forms of criminalities perpetrated by the BIFF and the DITG. The declarations remains in effect.
Col.Joel Q Mamon, OIC, 601st Infantry Brigade and 33rd Infantry Battalion Commander Lt. Col. Boongaling whose area of operations covers Sultan Sa Barongis and Radja Buayan, expressed their strong support to the initiatives of the two municipalities. They also expressed their optimism that other towns will follow in declaring the terrorist groups as persona non grata in their respective municipalities.
The Commander of Joint Task Force Central, Maj. Gen. Diosdado C. Carreon, commends the LGUs of Sultan Sa Barongis and Radjah Buayan. He said that “openly declaring the BIFF and DITG as persona non grata is a robust manifestation that terrorism is unwelcomed and unacceptable in the community. He added that “The declaration will contribute to the peace and security efforts of the JTFC in the area.