ISIS-inspired Dawlah Islamiya terrorist, 21 NPA guerrillas surrender to ArmyJune 3, 2021
SULTAN KUDARAT – A senior member of the Dawlah Islamiya implicated in over a dozen deadly terror attacks in central Mindanao surrendered to the military Wednesday.
Khalid Kalaing renounced his membership with the Dawlah Islamiya and pledged allegiance to the government> He turned over to officials of the Army’s 7th Infantry Battalion four assault rifles during a simple rite in Isulan town in Sultan Kudarat.
Major Gen. Juvymax Uy, commander of the Army’s 6th Infantry Division, said Thursday Kalaing yielded through the joint intercession of other military officials in the area.
Kalaing belonged to the Maguid faction in the Dawlah Islamiya, also known as the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF).
Military officials tagged the group in all deadly bombings in central Mindanao since 2014.
The group operates in the fashion of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.
It has a reputation for setting off improvised explosive devices in bus terminals, markets, inside commercial establishments, and restaurants to avenge their losses with state security forces.
“It is not too late yet. The government can help usher Khalid Kalaing back to mainstream society,” Uy said.
No fewer than 90 Dawlah Islamiya members from central Mindanao’s adjoining Maguindanao, Sultan Kudarat and North Cotabato provinces have surrendered in batches to the Army since September last year.
Kalaing’s surrender coincided with the surrender of some 21 New People’s Army (NPA) guerrillas in Lebak town, also in Sultan Kudarat province.
The group surrendered to the Army’s 603rd Infantry Brigade, a unit under Uy’s command.
Unnamed most senior guerrilla in the group said they decided to surrender after they learned how the government helped their former comrades reintegrate into the society.
“We are tired of hiding in the jungles every time soldiers track us down,” the group’s leader said in Hiligaynon vernacular.
Their main concern now, another NPA member said, is for the government to relocate us to “areas far from reach of our former companions.”
They feared for their lives after they surrendered to the government, the group said.
Uy said the 21 NPAs operated in the hinterland borders of Sultan Kudarat and South Cotabato provinces.
PHOTO: Dawlah Islamiya leader Khalid Kalaing is now in the custody of the Army’s 7th Infantry Battalion.