CAMP SIONGCO, Maguindanao – Six members of the Islamic State-linked Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) yielded to the military on Friday.
Maj. Gen. Juvymax Uy, commander of the Army’s 6th Infantry Division (6ID), said the latest BIFF surrendereess gave up before the 40th Infantry Battalion (40IB) in President Quirino town in adjacent Sultan Kudarat province.
The Army’s 40IB is one of the operating units of the 6ID in Central Mindanao.
Uy identified the surrenderees as Rogial Manalasal, Talusan Manalasal, Bin Batingkal, Omar Manalasal, Sangutin Kabilan and Montasir Kanao, all BIFF members operating in the marshy areas in the second district of Maguindanao.
“The members of the local terrorist group chose to return to the fold of the law amid intensified focused operations launched against the BIFF in the province,” Uy said.
The surrenderers turned over two Garand rifles, one rocket-propelled grenade, one Barrett sniper rifle, and one M79 grenade launcher.
“We are tired of fighting. We just want to go home,” Batingkal, one of the surrenderers, said in the vernacular.
Uy vowed to continue employing more pressure on the ground to force local terrorists to cross the line of surrender.
The surrenderers are currently undergoing custodial debriefing at the 40IB headquarters.