MAGUINDANAO – The police organization in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) reported Tuesday the surrender of six members of private armed groups (PAG) operating in this province.
Brig General Eden T. Ugale, PNP-BARMM regional director told reporters the armed men also yielded their firearms to the government, particularly at the PNP-BARMM headquarters in Parang, this province. The surrenderees were members of the “Matalam Group,” the general said.
“This successful surrender of Matalan PAG is in line with the programs under the security aspect of the normalization process of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro that focus on disbanding of armed groups in the BARMM territory,” Ugale said.
The PNP top brass vowed to eradicate private armed groups operating in the BARMM region. He also thanked and lauded the efforts of Maguindanao officials for their active cooperation with the government’s no-nonsense drive to eradicate private armies in the country.
Ugale also reported that there were around 21 members of the private armed groups who have already surrendered since January 1, this year.