H601IBde, Brgy Satan, Shariff Aguak, Maguindanao- Amidst with the occurrence of COVID-19 pandemic crisis in the 601st Infantry Brigade area of responsibility, the unit continue its intensified collaboration among the local leaders in the area to entice lawless terror armed groups to lay down their firearms and return to the folds of the law in order to contribute to the efforts of the government in fighting the spread of COVID-19 in the whole province.
Relative to this, another six (6) members of Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighter (BIFF) under Bungos faction submitted themselves to 33rd Infantry Battalion and abandoned their worthless struggle under the extremist terrorist ideology on April 13, 2020 at about 10 o’clock this morning. Among the surrenderees were identified as Naldo Babalay, Nashrudin Kanapia, Abil Kusain, Dok Adam, Alamansa Manampad and Antok Pendatun bringing along with them the following high powered firearms: two (2) M14 rifles, one (1) cal .30 sniper rifle, one cal .50 sniper rifle, and two (2) M79 grenade launchers.
It was learned that through genuine commitment and comprehensive livelihood programs that were extended by the government to the previous surrenderees within the 601st Infantry Brigade area of operation, said individuals were convinced to laid their firearms and live a normal life together with their families.
“We expect continuous influx of surrenderees in the unit area of operation as we sustain our campaign against the terror armed groups in collaboration with the different stakeholders in the area especially our local leaders in this period of crisis”, said by Lt. Col. Elmer M. Boongaling, the commanding officer of 33rd Infantry battalion.
It has been perceived that incessant numbers of terror armed groups from Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighter and Dawlah Islamiah Turaiffe Group surrendered in 601st Infantry Brigade during the period of 1st quarter CY 2020 as the brigade continue to carry out its mandated mission in the unit area of responsibility.
Col. Joel Q. Mamon, OIC, 601IBde said, “With this challenging and unrest situation brought about by the pandemic crisis, it is our duties and responsibilities to sustain the peace and order in the area while we work together to contain the spread of COVID-19 in Maguindanao province”.
“Our desire is to persuade the BIFF members in the area, change their perspective and ideology in accordance with the true Islamic beliefs as we harness our efforts among the local officials and religious leaders”, he added.
Meanwhile, said surrenderees will undergo the custodial debriefing and processing and further endorse to the provincial government of Maguindanao for appropriate livelihood assistance while the mentioned firearms were at the Headquarters 33IB for safekeeping and proper disposition.