NINE members of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) have decided surrendered the other day in General Salipada K. Pendatun, Maguindanao.
The rebels led by Commander Banog, a prominent BIFF field commander in the area gave up to the 33rd Infantry Battalion.
Commander Banog arranged a meeting with 33rd IB Commander Lt. Col. Harold M. Cabunoc a week ago to formalize their surrender to the government.
The latest surrender was made possible through the effort of 33rd IB, 2nd Mechanized Infantry Battalion, Criminal Investigation and Detection Group of Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (CIDG-ARMM), and 4th Special Action Battalion.
The surrenderers turned over nine high-powered firearms including two Cal. 50 sniper rifles, three rocket propelled grenade launchers, one Cal 5.56mm M653 assault rifle, one Cal 7.62mm M14 rifle, and two 40mm M79 grenade launchers.
It can be recalled that the same military and police units also netted four high-powered firearms and arrested four BIFF suspects in a raid against Commander Banog’s group in Lumabao village last October 17.
Col. Robert Dauz, Commander of the 1st Mechanized Infantry Brigade, welcomed the new batch of BIFF surrenderers at his camp in Kalandagan village, Tacurong City.