CAMP SIONGCO, Maguindanao – Two Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) rebels have decided to lay their arms and return to government fold at 2:00 p.m. yesterday (December 9) in Pikit, North Cotabato.
The surrenderers, Nash and Mods, were members of the BIFF faction under Karialan faction. They brought with them one Noveske N4 carbine, one M79 grenade launcher with magazine and ammunition.
The two previously belonged to the group of Commander Gani Saligan who surrendered to 601st Infantry Brigade last February 2019. They joined the group of Commander Nao when Gani surrendered.
“When the rebels learned that Commander Nao surrendered also to the Army, they seek the help Barangay Captain Luth Salik of Buliok in Pikit in their desire to also surrender to the government,” said Lt. Col. Neil Alfonso R. Roldan, Commanding Officer of 7th Infantry Battalion.
Barangay Captain Salik coordinated with the 7th IB after the former rebels wanted to live a peaceful life and realized the futility of the outlawed group.
“With the support of the Local Government of Pikit against terrorism and violent extremism, the two were convinced just like their previous leaders to return to the folds of the government in support to the the peace and development agenda of the government,” Lt. Col. Roldan added.