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3 BIFF members yield in Maguindanao

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Three members of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) surrendered to government forces in Maguindanao, bringing along firearms and ammunition, the military reported.

The three surrendered to the Philippine Army’s 57th Infantry Battalion around 3:30 p.m. Friday, and handed over an M1 Garand rifle, a Carbine rifle, caliber-.45 pistol, magazines, and 28 rounds of ammunition, according to a report from the Armed Forces of the Philippines’ (AFP) Western Mindanao Command.

Col. Eduardo Gubat, 603rd Brigade commander, declined to reveal the surrenderors’ identities for their safety but said all three belong to the BIFF’s so-called Bungos faction.

“The three revealed that they are not satisfied with their leaders’ method of administration,” he said.

Troops have brought the three to the 603rd Brigade’s tactical command post in Barangay Romongaob, South Upi town, for custodial debriefing.

Lt. Gen. Corleto Vinluan Jr., Wesmincom chief, called on remaining BIFF members to come out and assured them that the military will help them in their reintegration into society.

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