COTABATO CITY – Some 32 members of the outlawed Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighter (BIFF) and two of its ally organizations surrendered to the police on Thursday, January 19.
Those who surrendered also turned in some 33 assorted firearms, homemade bombs, and fragmentation grenades before they pledged allegiance to the government during a surrender rite at Camp SK Pendatun in Parang town in Maguindanao del Norte.
Brig. Gen. John Guyguyon, director of the Police Regional Office-Bangsamoro Autonomous Region (PRO-BAR), presided over the surrender rite and witnessed by local executives and representatives of peace advocacy and religious blocs.
“We are thankful to the local officials who cooperated with our units and counterparts under the Police Regional Office 12 in convincing these 32 misguided persons to return to the fold of the law,” Guyguyon told reporters at the sideline of Thursday’s symbolic surrender rite in Camp SK Pendatun.
No fewer than 200 members of BIFF and its allies, the Dawlah Islamiya and Al-Khobar. These surrenderees were feared for bombing public conveyances and business establishments when owners refused to pay “protection money” on monthly basis.
The 32 local terrorists who surrendered on Thursday operated in Maguindanao, North Cotabato, and Sultan Kudarat provinces, according to Guyguyon. (JOHN UNSON)