Six fully armed Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighter (BIFF) rebels have decided to abandon their comrades in the Liguasan Marsh at 8:30 in the morning on October 10, 2018.
Mama Abdul @ Lapu-lapu and five others have surrendered to 33rd Infantry Battalion led by Lt. Colonel Harold M. Cabunoc in Brgy Midconding, General SK Pendatun, Maguindanao.
The surrenderees are members of the BIFF of Karialan faction under Commander Gani Saligan, who is still hiding and a notorious rebel in Southern Liguasan Marsh area.
They brought with them six high powered firearms including one M14 rifle, one Garand rifle, one .45 Cal pistol, two homemade RPG and one improvised .45 cal rifle.
Mama Abdul @Lapu-lapu, said that he wanted to support the peace initiatives of the government. The surrenderees have realized the futility of their cause after the land conflict in Brgy Midconding had been resolved through the Army troopers.
The surenderees were presented to Governor Esmael Mangudadatu, GSKP Mayor Bonnie Kali, and Assemblyman Toy Mangudadatu at Brgy Hall in Midconding, General SK Pendatun, and further received twenty thousand pesos each as cash assistance from Congressman Zajid Mangudadatu.
“The surrender is a welcome development in our on-going effort in supporting the peace and development agenda of the government. We would like to transform Liguasan Marsh from a battlefield to an oilfield that would bring economic prosperity for the Moro people and Mindanao region as a whole,” said Major General Cirilito E. Sobejana,” Commander of 6th Infantry Division. (6th Infantry Division)