COTABATO CITY, Nov. 8 - Nine members of the outlawed Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) have surrendered to military authorities on Friday, October 26 in General Salipada K. Pendatun, Maguindanao.
BIFF sub-leader Parido Balabagan alias "Commander Banog" and his eight members surrendered to 33rd Infantry Battalion.
Commander Banog arranged a meeting with 33rd IB Comander Lt. Col. Harold Cabunoc last Saturday, to formalize their surrender and lay down their arms to the government, according to Major Arvin John Encinas, spokesperson of the Army's 6th ID.
Cabunoc subsequently brought the surrenderers to Col. Robert Dauz, the commander of the Army's 1st Infantry Brigade based in Tacurong City.
"Banog (Balabagan) said his family was instrumental in his surrender," Encinas said.
The surrenderers also turned over nine high-powered firearms including two cal. 50 sniper rifles, three rocket propelled grenade launchers, one cal 5.56mm M653 assault rifle, one cal 7.62mm M14 rifle, and two 40mm M79 grenade launchers.
Meanwhile, Major Gen. Cirilito Sobejana, Army's 6th ID commander lauded the peacemaking initiatives of the 33rd IB. "I would like to commend the officers and men of the 33IB and its PNP partners for the splendid job."
"The acme of generalship is winning the war without using violence," he said.
To date, the 6th ID has accounted a total of 39 BIFF surrenderers since April 2018. (6ID-DPAO)