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BIFF commander, 5 followers surrender to military in Maguindanao

An alleged division commander of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) and five of his followers surrendered to the military in Ampatuan, Maguindanao, Western Mindanao Command (Westmincom) said.

Westmincom Commander Lt. Gen. Corleto Vinluan Jr. said Abunawas Ibad Damiog, alias Bayawak, 4th Division Commander/Deputy for Military of BIFF-Bungos Faction, and five of his followers submitted themselves to 1st Mechanized Infantry Brigade Commander Col. Pedro Balisi Jr. at the 1MechBde headquarters in Barangay Kamasi, Ampatuan Saturday, April 17.

The six handed over two 5.56 M16 rifles with two magazines; one 7.62 M14 rifle with one magazine; one M653 5.56 rifle with one magazine; one caliber 30 Garand rifle; and one locally made 50 caliber Barrett with three pieces of ammunition.

“This feat is a result of the joint effort of the CIDG (Criminal Investigation and Detection Group) Maguindanao-BARMM, Local Government Unit of Datu Piang headed by Mayor Victor Samama, the 6th Infantry Battalion led by Lt. Col. Charlie Banaag, and the intelligence units,” said Balisi.

Maj. Gen. Juvymax Uy, Commander of the Joint Task Force Central, said the military will help those who surrendered to go back to their normal lives by providing them with livelihood opportunities.

To date, he said a total of 42 BIFF personalities surrendered to the JTF Central.

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