“The two surrenderors revealed that they’ve provided logistical support to the group of Owayda Marohombsar, or known as Abu Dar before he was neutralized in the neighboring barangay”, Lt. Col. Ian Noel Ignes, 55th Infantry Battalion commander.
It was on March 14, 2019, when four of DI-Lanao Group, including Abu Dar, were killed in an encounter with the government forces in Brgy Dinaigan, Tubaran, Lanao del Sur.
Khaledyassin Papandayan, Mayor of Tubaran also facilitated the surrender of the two supporters who also yielded two 1911 caliber 45 handguns.
“The death of top DI-Lanao leaders and Maute Brothers and the surrender of their members have significantly contributed to the sustained peaceful environment in the province of Lanao del Sur”, said Brig. Gen. Romeo Brawner Jr., 103rd Infantry Brigade Commander, who has operational jurisdiction of Lanao del Sur.
“We continuously collaborate with local chief executives and other stakeholders to encourage other supporters or even the locals with loose firearms to surrender and submit themselves to the folds of the law in order to stop the criminalities and attain a more peaceful community”, Brawner added.
Meanwhile, Maj. Gen. Roberto Ancan, the 1st Infantry Division and Joint Task Force Zampelan (Zamboanga Peninsula and Lanao Provinces) commander, commended the efforts of the troops and the local government unit of Tubaran for the successful surrender of Dawlah Islamiya supporters.
“Your 1st Infantry (TABAK) Division, in collaboration with the LGUs and other stakeholders, remains steadfast in its commitment to attaining just and lasting peace in our area of operation thru our campaign against DI-Lanao group and loose firearms,” said Ancan.
“Likewise, we thank the local government and other stakeholders for their continued trust and support to our troops in sustaining an environment conducive for peace and development in the whole province of Lanao del Sur,” Ancan added.
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