TWELVE members of the Daesh-inspired Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters surrendered to the military in Sultan sa Barongis town in Maguindanao last Monday, military officials reported yesterday.
The 12 brought with them 15 assorted firearms, including three caliber .50 sniper rifles, according to Maj. Arvin Encinas, spokesman of the Zamboanga City-based AFP Western Mindanao Command.
They were identified as Wazire Talib Kumpas, Carlo Talib Maon, Alamansa Makungay Talib, Pair Andongan Makapagal, Tomy Maslayboto Mato, Mama Daud Jainudin, Jomar Masla Boy, Muhamad Saylila, Urasay Badi, Ben Saptula, Usman Gandang, and Agar Mangatug.
They yielded to troops of the Army’s 33rd Infantry Battalion in Sultan sa Barongis town around 10:30 a.m. Monday, said Encinas. They were later presented to 601st Brigade commander Col. Jose Narciso and town mayor Al-Fizzar Allandatu Angas Sr.
“The surrenderees realized the futility of their cause and were encouraged by the unit’s purposive stakeholder’s engagement and observance of human rights and rule of law,” said 33rd IB commander Lt. Col. Elmer Boongaling.
The BIFFis blamed for a number of atrocities, including bombings, in Central Mindanao. It is composed of around 200 to 300 men, mostly former members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front.