Six BIFF members surrender to Army in MaguindanaoMay 5, 2021
MAGUINDANAO – Six more members of the outlawed Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) have surrendered to the military Tuesday.
The six BIFF members, names withheld pending relocation to safe areas, pledged allegiance to the government after renouncing their membership with the BIFF at the headquarters of the Army’s 1st Mechanized Brigade in Barangay Kamasi in Ampatuan, Maguindanao. BIFF is a breakaway group from Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).
Major Gen. Juvymax Uy, commander of the 6th Infantry Division, said the group yielded through the efforts of local officials in Maguindanao’s Sultan sa Barongis and Datu Abdullah Sangki towns and Col. Pedro Balisi, Jr., the commanding officer of of the 1st Mechanized Brigade.
“They decided to surrender when they learned that those who returned to the fold of law ahead of them are now being reintegrated into mainstream society by the government,” Uy said.
More than 300 BIFF gunmen have surrendered in batches to the different Army units of the 6th ID since 2017.
The military tagged the group, operating in the fashion of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, in all deadly bombings in central Mindanao since 2014.
It has also been trying to sabotage the peace overture between Malacañang and the MILF, whose chairman, Ahod Ebrahim, is now an appointed chief minister of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM).
More than 40 BIFF members surrendered to the 6th ID through the efforts of Uy and local government units in Maguindanao since January.
PHOTO: The six men are now in the custody of the Army’s 1st Mechanized Brigade. (Handout photo)