BIFF leader, cohorts surrender in Sultan Kudarat

A field commander of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF)-Karialan Faction and five of his cohorts surrendered to the 40th Infantry Battalion in Barangay Tual, President Quirino, in Sultan Kudarat on Wednesday (Nov. 24).

Maj. Gen. Alfredo Rosario, Jr., commander of the Western Mindanao Command (WestMinCom), said the surrenderers handed over their firearms – one 5.56mm M16 A1 rifle, one 5.56mm Ultimax 100 light machine gun, one 7.62mm M14 rifle, two 7.62mm Barret rifles, one 40mm grenade launcher, and one heat rocket-propelled grenade.

The identities of the surrendered personalities were not disclosed for their safety. They are currently undergoing custodial debriefing at the 40IB headquarters.

“The influx of surrenders weakened the terror group hence more of its members opt to abandon their armed struggle and return to the folds of the law,” Rosario said, adding that their security campaign in Central Mindanao is gaining significant headway with already 237 neutralized BIFF personalities for this year alone.

He added that the command will step up its effort towards defeating all threat groups especially those that are connected with identified terror groups. 

Maj. Gen. Juvymax Uy, commander of the Joint Task Force Central said, the feat is a result of the joint efforts of Datu Paglas Municipal Police Station, and the local government of Datu Paglas.

“We hope that his remaining followers will be enlightened by the surrender of their field commander,” Uy said.

He added that the Joint Task Force Central continuously intensifies its security operations against the BIFF and other terrorist groups in Central Mindanao. (NW)