Lanao Del Norte – A member of Dawlah Islamiya Maute Remnants voluntarily surrendered to 51st Infantry Battalion in Brgy. Matampay, Munai, Lanao Del Norte, last March 2, 2021 at around 1:30 in the afternoon.
“The surrenderee, 40 years old, decided to yield due to fear and hardships of the non-stop Military Operations”, said Lt. Col. Fernando Payapaya, 51IB commander.
“The former Maute remnant initially stated that he was recruited by a certain “ARAFAT” sometime in 2019,” added Lt. Col. Payapaya
The said personality handed over his Norinco AK47 rifle with war materials; One (1) bandolier with two (2) magazines and twelve (12) live ammunition to the battalion.
Custodial debriefing is still on-going as of this posting.
Meanwhile, Brig. Gen. Jose Maria Cuerpo, Commander 103 Infantry Brigade, who has operational jurisdiction of Lanao del Sur, vowed to sustain the gains of peace and progress of the unit’s area of operation.
“We will always be at the forefront in making this conflict affected areas into a more peaceful, developed and economically viable” Brig Gen Cuerpo said.
Maj. Gen. Gene Ponio, Commander 1st Infantry Division, urged the terrorist to encourage his comrades to surrender.
“Our military operations in Western Mindanao is relentless however, we will give chance to those (terrorist) who wish to live a normal life”, added Maj Gen Ponio.