Madalum, Lanao del Sur – A member of the remnants of Dawlah Islamiya – Maute Group voluntarily surrendered with his M653 (Baby Armalite) rifle and ammunitions to the troops of 51st Infantry Battalion at Brgy Dilausan, Madalum, Lanao del Sur on 04:30 in the afternoon, Monday, April 12, 2021.
Lieutenant Colonel Fernando L Payapaya, Commanding Officer of 51st IB, identified the DI-MG member as alias ABU HAMZA, 21-year old male, single, resident of Brgy Liangan 1, Madalum, Lanao del Sur and former member of the DI-MG that operates in some municipalities of Lanao del Sur and Lanao del Norte.
In an initial interview, alias ABU HAMZA revealed that he decided to surrender after realizing that what they are actually doing are mere terrorism.
In addition, after the death of alias ABU DAR, former leader (AMIR) of the remnants of DI-MG who died in an armed encounter with the government troops, its successor, Faharudin Hadji Satar alias ZACHARIA/ABU BAKAR, is incompetent with poor leadership style that according to alias ABU HAMZA, their group do not consider alias ZACHARIA/ABU BAKAR as their AMIR.
“Noong namatay yung leader namin na si ABU DAR at wala nang nagpapaliwanag at nagdodoctrina sa amin, naisip kong taliwas sa paniniwala naming mga Muslim ang mga ginagawa naming mga pagpatay ng mga walang kalaban-labang civilian at sa tingin ko ito ay pawang terorismo lamang. Pinalitan s’ya ni ZACHARIA, pero hindi maganda ang pamumuno ni ZACHARIA kaya ang karamihan sa mga kasapi ngayon ng grupo ay mga pawang mga kabataang mga menor de edad dahil takot silang patayin ng mga kasama namin kapag sila ay umalis sa grupo.” Alias ABU HAMZA said.
The surrender of alias ABU HAMZA can be attributed to the efforts of the intelligence section of 51st IB and the good partnership and collaboration of the LGU, PNP of LSPPO, 103rd Infantry Brigade and this Unit. Meanwhile, Lieutenant Colonel Payapaya calls out and encourages all DI-MG members to lay down their arms, return to the mainstream of the society and be with their family in the celebration of RAMADAN. “To the remaining members of DI-MG, this is the best time for you to surrender because the government has prepared a program to help you and your family. But for those who will continue their terroristic activities against the people of Lanao Provinces, we will not hesitate to use our full force and capabilities to go after and destroy all of you”. Said LTC Payapaya.