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Seven active members of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters laid down their arms in Maguindanao on Tuesday afternoon, September 27, 2022.

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Through the joint efforts of the 57th Infantry Battalion, and Upi and South Upi Municipal Police Stations, former members of the BIFF-Bungos Faction handed over their firearms to Lt. Col, Guillermo Mabute, Jr., Acting Commanding Officer of the 57IB at the unit’s headquarters in Barangay Mirab, Upi Town, Maguindanao. They were subsequently presented to Maj. Gen. Roy Galido, Commander of Joint Task Force Central; Col. Ali Luis Macawaris, Deputy Brigade Commander of the 603rd Infantry Brigade; South Upi Mayor Reynalbert Insular, Upi Vice Mayor Wilfredo Ibañez, and a representative from the office of Governor Bai Mariam Mangudadatu.

Maj. Gen. Galido commended the former BIFF members for making the right decision. “We also encourage those who are still confused to make up their minds and surrender. I am positive that the others will soon follow.”

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The former violent extremists handed over one 5.56mm M16A1 9Colt) rifle, two 7.62mm M14 rifles, two Cal. 50 Barrett, one M79 Grenade Launcher, and one cal. 45 pistol.

According to the surrendered personalities, they followed the footsteps of their colleagues who laid down their arms last week. They felt that it is time for them to return to the fold of the law and avail of the reintegration program of the government.

It can be recalled that the field commander of the same group and five of his followers yielded to the mechanized troops in Maguindanao on Saturday, September 24, 2022. The former field commander of the BIFF-Bungos Faction was identified as a.k.a. King Fahad. He and his followers handed over six high-powered firearms including one 5.56mm M653 rifle, two cal. 30 Garand rifles, one cal. 50 Sniper rifle, and two 7.62mm M14 rifles.

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Lt. Gen. Alfredo Rosario, Jr., Commander of Western Mindanao Command, said that he is personally elated by the positive response of the former violent extremists to the sincere call of the government. “This exemplifies that we are not just winning battles but we are conquering the hearts of our enemies too.”

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