Six members from the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) have surrendered in Pagalungan town in Maguindanao.
Maj. Gen. Juvymax Uy, commander of the Army’s 6th Infantry Division, said the six surrenderees belonged to the Karialan faction of the BIFF. They surrendered to the Army’s 90th Infantry Battalion.
Uy said the surrenderees will be enrolled in the government’s reintegration program before returning to mainstream society.
“We welcome these former BIFF members as they go to the mainstream society; our concerted efforts with the provincial government of Maguindanao will pave the way for the attainment of the lasting and genuine peace in this part of Mindanao,” Uy said.
They turned in high powered guns that included two M-14 rifles, a caliber. 30 M1 Garand rifle, a Carbine rifle, a locally-made cal. 50 Barret sniper rifle, and a rocket propelled grenade launcher with ammunition.
“I would like to thank our government troops who we considered as enemies but only to find out they are the ones who helped us to surrender peacefully,” one of the six surrenderees said in the dialect. “They helped us live normal lives and be with our families.”
“I will try to convince my colleagues too (to surrender),” another 38-year old surrenderee said. “We are tired of running away from government soldiers, and we had nothing to eat in the marshland of Maguindanao.” SOVEREIGNPH