By JULMUNIR I. JANNARAL
CAMP NAVARRO, Calarian, Zamboanga City: Two Daulah Islamiyah-Maute Group supporters surrendered to the military in Barangay Dilausan, Madalum, Lanao del Sur on November 24, the Western Mindanao Command (WestMinCom) stated.
“Based on the report submitted by Joint Task Force (JTF) ZamPeLan Commander Maj. Gen. Gene Ponio, the two were identified as Agar Sarif and Mansa Sarif, both residents of Barangay Gurain, the same municipality,” Lt. Gen. Corleto Vinluan, Jr., WestMinCom commander stated.
Lt. Gen. Vinluan, Jr. said that “while we continue to implement the whole-of-nation approach, we are certain that more disgruntled terrorist group members will be convinced to cross the line”.
During the initial debriefing, the two revealed that they used to provide food for the group during the emergence of the Daulah Islamiyah as one of the powerful terrorist groups in Mindanao.
“We laid low after the Marawi siege, then we heard that most of the members are coming out and are availing of the livelihood programs of the government, so we decided to surrender as well. This will be a great opportunity for us to live peacefully and happily with our families,” the duo said.
The two handed over one Garand rifle and one Stag arms M4 rifle to 55th Infantry Battalion Commander Lt. Col. Franco Raphael Alano.
“They returned to the fold of the law after a series of negotiations with the municipal consultant of Madalum and the implementation of the peace campaign of the 55IB,” said Lt. Col. Alano.
The duo is currently undergoing custodial debriefing for information gathering and documentation.
“We continuously encourage local terrorist groups and their supporters to surrender and return to the fold of the law,” said Col. Jose Maria Cuerpo, 103rd Infantry Brigade Commander. “Amid the pandemic, our relentless operations continue to pre-empt terroristic activities”.
Likewise, Maj. Gen. Ponio commended the troops of the 103Bde and the 55IB for remaining steadfast and dedicated to their sworn duties and responsibilities.
“With our localized peace negotiations and with the support of our stakeholders, we are optimistic that more terrorist and their supporters will reintegrate to the mainstream society,” Maj. Gen. Ponio added. JULMUNIR I. JANNARAL