Maute/ISIS remnant, NPA surrenders to 1ID

One Maute/ISIS remnant and one Communist NPA Terrorist surrenders to the operationally controlled units of the 1st Infantry “TABAK” Division Wednesday.

In Butig, Lanao del Sur, BUDO (not his true name) surrendered to Lt. Col. Edgar Allan Villanueva, 49th Infantry Battalion Commander.

“BUDO was involved in harassment of Pantar Detachment in June 2017 during the height of Marawi Siege as diversion while the bulk of the Maute/ISIS terrorist is fighting in the main battle area,” said Villanueva.

Meanwhile, one communist NPA terrorist surrendered also to 10th Infantry Battalion in Tambulig, Zamboanga del Sur.

“Jhon-jhon (not his true name) is the team leader of Baking, squad one, SECOM JOJI of the Western Mindanao Party Committee,” said Lt. Col. Ryan Severo 10th Infantry Battalion Commander.

“The 102nd Infantry Brigade will ensure that the surrendered NPA will be enrolled to Enhanced Comprehensive Integration Program (ECLIP),” said Col. Bagnus Gaerlan, Brigade Commander.

Major General Roseller Murillo, 1st Infantry Division Commander, commended the efforts of the troops for the successful surrender of the NPA and Maute/ISIS.

“We will continuously encourage NPAs and Maute/ISIS to surrender in order to achieve a just and lasting peace in our area of responsibility.” Maj. General Murillo added.