Local terrorist member surrenders to military

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By Divina M. Suson, Correspondent
September 13, 2019

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ILIGAN City--A member of Dawlah Islamiya (DI) Lanao group surrendered to the military, around 12 noon on Wednesday (September 11) in Barangay Poblacion Bayabao, Butig town, in Lanao del Sur.

Through the local government unit of Butig and the Joint Ceasefire Monitoring Post of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (JCMP-MILF), 19-year old Amer Ador Gandawali, a resident of Barangay Sandab in Butig, was brought to the Advance Command Post of the 49th Infantry Battalion, Philippine Army.

Gandawali also surrendered his rocket-propelled grenade (RPG).

Lt. Col. Edgar Allan Villanueva, commander of 49IB, said Gandawali is under the group formerly led by Ali Aminato, known as Commander White Lawaan, whose group was first encountered by the military during the series of combat operations in Butig town in 2016.

Commander White Lawaan has surrendered to the government forces in the early parts of 2018 according to Villanueva.

Gandawali was not among the active combatants of White Lawaan’s group but he was the trusted member who will deliver food, firearms and ammunition supplies during the combat operations.

“He was also part of the reserve forces of the terrorist group but as per information he was not able to actively participate in the operations,” Villanueva said.

On August 28, a former member of White Lawaan, identified as Hadji Soaib Ander, has also surrendered to 49IB. He also surrendered his US KG9 semi auto pistol and several ammunitions.

Ander had a son identified only as Hadip, recruited by the Maute brothers who led the Marawi siege in 2017. Hadip was killed during the siege in September 2017.


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