CAMP SIONGCO, Maguindanao – A former combatant of Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) voluntarily surrendered to security forces at Brgy. Salunayan, Midsayap, North Cotabato on November 9, 2021. The surrenderer, identified as alias Omar, belonging to the BIFF – Karialan Faction was made possible through the joint efforts of Midsayap Local Government Unit, Midsayap police forces, community leaders and 34th Infantry Battalion.
Lieutenant Edgardo Vilchez Jr, Commanding Officer of 34IB disclosed that alias Omar was accompanied by Commander Abdullah Dhats, Field Commander 105th BC, BIAF-MILF when he voluntarily surrendered at the Headquarters of 34IB bringing along a 60mm mortar.
Joint Task Force Central and 6th Infantry Division Commander Major General Juvymax Uy lauded the efforts of the Local Government Unit of Midsayap and the government security forces who facilitated the surrender. “We genuinely recognize our partner stakeholders, especially the Local Chief Executives and community leaders, in your long-drawn efforts and contributions in the prevention, transforming and countering violent extremism in your area. The surrender of the former rebel is an indication that the stronghold of the BIFF is continuously weakening as more of their members are now returning to the folds of law.” Maj. Gen. Uy added.
The former combatant will undergo debriefing and processing of livelihood assistance/packages from government programs to help him start his new and peaceful life and be a part of the mainstream society.