CAMP SIONGCO, Maguindanao – They wanted to reunite with their families again and they returned to the fold of the law.
The military announced Thursday (August 19) the surrender of four combatants of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) but declined to comment on the identities of the surrenderees for security reasons.
Major General Juvymax Uy, commander of the Philippine Army's 6th Infantry Division, said the four rebels were members of a BIFF faction, Kagui Karialan, operating in the outskirts between Sultan Kudarat and Maguindanao provinces.
Uy said: “They yielded on Wednesday afternoon through the efforts of the Army’s 92nd Infantry Battalion and local leaders in Datu Hoffer Ampatuan town in Maguindanao.”
The army official said as part of their program for surrenderees, the four former rebels would be introduced to mainstream society through various government agencies and programs.
During a fitting ceremony held at the military headquarters in Shariff Aguak, the rebel returnees turned over to Brig Gen Ignatius Patrimonio assorted firearms, including four assorted high-powered assault rifles, one Ultimax light machinegun, and ammunition.
Abdul, one of the four muslim rebels who surrender, said they've been planning to surrender a long time ago because they want to be reunited with their respective families again.
“We have a lot of catching up to do with our families. We have not seen them for the past several years,” Abdul pointed out, adding that he would never return again to a life of lawlessness.
The military record showed that since January, this year, there were already 120 members of the BIFF moro rebels who have surrendered as they felt a very hard life in the underground movement. - PNA
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